SEAWARD PARKS TURFED OUT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

DRIV­ERS have been un­wit­tingly pay­ing Wil­son Park­ing to park in free City of Su­bi­aco-man­aged bays at Sed­don Street carpark.

On Oc­to­ber 23, the City ended its man­age­ment agree­ment of 46 car­bays with Wil­son Park­ing and in­stalled street signs dis­play­ing a changeover to 30-minute free park­ing.

How­ever, Wil­son Park­ing ticket ma­chines are still fully func­tional be­cause the pri­vate park­ing con­trac­tor con­tin­ues to man­age two of the three prop­er­ties at the carpark.

The Western Sub­urbs Weekly ob­served two peo­ple parked in Ci­ty­man­aged bays buy­ing tick­ets from Wil­son Park­ing ma­chines about 4pm on Novem­ber 4.

When alerted to the new signs, one man said he would “not take any chances” with a $65 fine.

“The ma­chines are still work­ing, so as far as I can tell it’s still $4 an hour,” he said.

One per­son who paid $12 for a full­day park­ing ticket had a ‘cau­tion only’ City in­fringe­ment no­tice stuck on their car wind­shield which read: ‘Ticket not valid (in) this area, please see sign!’

Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the City was made aware of the park­ing con­fu­sion on Novem­ber 3.

Mr Bur­nett said City and Wil­son Park­ing staff in­spected the site on Novem­ber 5, and both par­ties agreed more ac­tion needed to be taken to dis­tin­guish free park­ing bays from paid ones.

He said ad­di­tional works to fur­ther de­fine the sep­a­rate park­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing signs and line mark­ings, would be com­pleted “as soon as pos­si­ble”.

Wil­son Park­ing Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Evans said Wil­son Park­ing had re­quested the City im­prove their sig­nage to bet­ter in­form park­ers that no ticket was re­quired.

“Wil­son re­moved its ticket ma­chine from Sed­don Street as part of the changeover,” Mr Evans said.

The cau­tion from a ranger, de­spite a full-day ticket paid.

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