Parking plan riles businesses
SUBIACO Mayor Heather Henderson is bracing for backlash from the business community after councillors voted to dedicate seven parking bays to Catherine Street residents last month.
Cr Julie Matheson’s elected member’s motion to make seven street bays available exclusively to the 17 residents on Catherine Street was approved 8-4 at a January 27 council meeting.
Her motion said upcoming developments at 1 Seddon Street and Pavilion Market site would exacerbate parking problems for residents of the heritage- listed buildings known as Bishop’s Row.
Meyer Shircore design director Stephen Shircore said business people were the majority of ratepayers on the street.
“When 75 per cent of the street is commercial, there is a minority (residential) dictating that we lose our parking,” Mr Shircore said.
Ines Janca said nearby businesses already had off-site parking, while fellow Catherine Street residents currently had access to 13 “mostly inadequate” bays.
Mrs Henderson said the City had to look at how businesses and residents were integrated in the CBD.
“We want to keep our vibrancy in the city, we want people to live in our city,” she said.
“I have just been in Sydney, which is quite interesting because with the density of living, most of the suburbs all have dedicated parking for the residents on the street.”