The clock is tick­ing on park­ing

Three-hour limit at cen­tre

The Observer - - NEWS - Sarah Ste­ger Sarah.Ste­ger@glad­sto­neob­

RE­STRICTED park­ing at Glad­stone Square will come into ef­fect on Satur­day in an ef­fort to make cus­tomer car spa­ces a pri­or­ity.

The new own­ers of the pri­vate property are aim­ing to free up cus­tomer car parks with new three-hour re­stric­tions at the shop­ping cen­tre bet­ter known as The Val­ley.

A cen­tre spokesman said con­di­tions of en­try signs will be in­stalled in the area soon, and cen­tre man­agers will be us­ing new tech­nol­ogy to mon­i­tor the length of each car’s stay.

“They’ll be walk­ing around with a hand held de­vice which cap­tures car regis­tra­tion, not­ing when cars ar­rived.”

The car park, which has had no re­stric­tions to date, has been un­der con­sid­er­able strain due to all-day park­ers us­ing the shop­ping cen­tre’s park­ing fa­cil­i­ties, re­duc­ing the spa­ces avail­able to cus­tomers and cre­at­ing con­ges­tion.

While no ticket ma­chines will be in­stalled, the spokesman said “when cen­tre mon­i­tors walk­ing around recog­nise some­one has over­stayed, a fine will be is­sued.”

A Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil spokes­woman said the de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment park­ing re­stric­tions at the property’s car park did not come from the coun­cil.

“It’s a pri­vate property mat­ter so we (coun­cil) has noth­ing to do with it.”

In re­sponse to cus­tomer feed­back to cen­tre man­age­ment and Wool­worths, the cen­tre own­ers said the re­stric­tions are be­ing im­ple­mented to en­sure shop­pers en­joy a con­ve­nient shop when vis­it­ing the cen­tre.

“We are proud to de­liver the lo­cal com­mu­nity with a more en­joy­able and con­ve­nient shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence when cus­tomers visit the cen­tre,” Glad­stone Square cen­tre man­ager Joanna Hor­ton said.

An­other cen­tre spokesman said the new re­stric­tions are be­ing brought in with re­tail­ers in mind.

“The main goal that we are try­ing to achieve here is that our shop­pers are able to park at the car park in or­der to sup­port our lo­cal re­tail­ers,” he said.

“Cur­rently, peo­ple are

❝... so our hope is that peo­ple park, sup­port re­tail­ers with am­ple time. — Cen­tre spokesman

us­ing the cen­tre as day­time park­ing ... park­ing here and then head­ing off to work in the CBD ... which is prob­lem­atic in terms of us try­ing to pro­vide an en­joy­able shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“Three hours is typ­i­cally longer than most shop­pers stay, so our hope is that peo­ple park, sup­port re­tail­ers with am­ple time, but don’t stay all day.”

How much peo­ple will be fined is cur­rently un­known.


TIME LIMIT: Glad­stone Square shop­ping cen­tre has new own­ers and they’re chang­ing the park­ing rules.

LEFT: A three-hour park­ing limit is loom­ing.

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