Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

THERE is con­fu­sion over whether the City of Su­bi­aco or Wil­son Park­ing ini­ti­ated plans to pro­vide short-term free park­ing at the Sed­don Street carpark.

Last Tues­day, Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lors voted 9-2 for act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Alan Mil­lard to “im­me­di­ately ar­range” 46 bays at Sed­don Street to be made 30-minute free park­ing.

“Fur­ther­more, with the ut­most haste, ar­range with­drawal from the present man­age­ment agree­ment,” the coun­cil de­ci­sion read.

How­ever, a Wil­son Park­ing spokes­woman said last Fri­day that they com­mended the City for “ac­tion­ing our rec­om­men­da­tion to im­ple­ment 30-minute free park­ing at their 46-bay Sed­don Street carpark”.

“The City of Su­bi­aco op­er­ates nu­mer­ous carparks through­out Su­bi­aco and it is only nat­u­ral for Sed­don Street to be a part of their oper­a­tions,” she said.

A City spokes­woman said the coun­cil de­ci­sion “spoke for it­self” and would not com­ment fur­ther on the mat­ter.

At a coun­cil meet­ing last month, coun­cil­lors said they were fed up with Wil­son Park­ing “hi­jack­ing the town’s park­ing” with ex­pen­sive tick­ets, wheel clamp­ing and “bul­ly­ing tac­tics” at the Sed­don Street carpark.

“They are like vul­tures, just wait­ing for you to stay one minute over and charge a $65 fine,” Cr Mark Burns said.

Cr Burns later said he had been “in­un­dated” by emails and calls from lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and res­i­dents sup­port­ing his ob­jec­tive to drive Aus­tralia’s largest pri­vate park­ing op­er­a­tor out of Su­bi­aco.

“I en­cour­age pri­vate land own­ers within Su­bi­aco to sever ties with Wil­son Park­ing and would en­cour­age other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in WA and across Aus­tralia to do the same,” he said.

A Wil­son Park­ing spokes­woman said Wil­son looked for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to sup­ply park­ing for visi­tors, com­muters and lo­cals in Su­bi­aco.

Sed­don Street carpark, be­hind the for­mer Pav­il­ion Mar­ket site, was the only Wil­son Park­ing-man­aged carpark owned by the City.

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