Park­ing plan riles busi­nesses

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - By ROSANNA CANDLER

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.”

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