City takes aim at wheel-clamping
SUBIACO councillor Mark Burns has taken a further dig at private carpark owners and the negative impact he says they are having on the suburb.
Cr Burns moved an elected member’s motion at Tuesday night’s council meeting calling on the private owners to consider how they could be more inviting to shoppers in Subiaco.
He also asked the owners to stop using wheel-clamping devices, which were creating a “dreadful image” for Subiaco.
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Cr Burns said he was offering a “polite encouragement” to the carpark owners.
“I’m asking them to look at the measures council is taking to encourage people into Subiaco and bring their measures into line,” he said.
“I think people are discouraged by the behaviour of certain private parking station operators. Subiaco has suffered from a poor parking reputation, which the City is trying to amend.
“We can do that with our properties, but we are asking private operators to follow our lead.”
Cr Burns said wheel-clamping was “outrageous behaviour” and he would follow up with further action if it was not stopped. “You shouldn’t be able to seize someone else’s property until it’s gone through the courts,” he said.
“If the invitation is not accepted, I will be stopping wheel-clamping from taking place, via methods outside of the local government systems.”
The motion was carried 9-2.
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