City takes aim at wheel-clamp­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

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.

The City of Su­bi­aco will trial three­hour free park­ing in the CBD next month to in­crease vis­its.

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.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group re­porter Kate Leaver won the Char­maine Dra­gun Memo­rial Award for her story about a teenager with Tourettes syn­drome.

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