‘Con­fus­ing’ park­ing plan de­ferred

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

A “CON­FUS­ING” plan to in­tro­duce paid park­ing in Clare­mont was de­ferred af­ter it was de­bated by coun­cil­lors for al­most an hour at last month’s meet­ing.

The pro­posal – which would see the in­tro­duc­tion of sev­eral park­ing ar­eas, in­cluded a carpark ti­tled 1D on Davies Road that forms part of a Bush For­ever site – was deemed too baf­fling to make a de­ci­sion on the night.

Coun­cil­lors Kate Main and Jill Goetze were in favour of the orig­i­nal plan, which would also in­clude charg­ing for park­ing af­ter two hours in the North East Precinct 1 Zone.

The park­ing plan was ex­pected to ad­dress the on­go­ing and in­creas­ing de­mand for park­ing in the Town, in­clud­ing ar­eas near the golf course, swim­ming pool and Clare­mont Foot­ball Club.

Cr Main said she be­lieved the plan to be pretty good and while not per­fect it would help to or­gan­ise the park­ing sit­u­a­tion in the Town.

She also said the 1D Bush For­ever block was con­tentious and de­scribed it as a “no-go noth­ing zone”, but it was needed be­cause of the short­age of park­ing.

Say­ing she was ‘a lit­tle bit biased in that I live right in the mid­dle of it’ she added: “I shouldn’t be per­sonal about it but I can see that this is an an­swer to a prob­lem that could oc­cur once the park­ing near the rail­way line closes up.”

“We are go­ing to be short of park­ing.

“I think this is a good con­trolled way of creating an en­vi­ron­ment that will suit firstly the peo­ple that live there. I also think it will be good for the sport­ing precinct that is hap­pen­ing in this area.”

Council­lor Bruce Haynes put for­ward an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to get rid of the 1D site al­to­gether be­cause of its Bush For­ever sta­tus, which then led to more amended mo­tions.

Mayor Jock Barker said it had all be­come too con­fus­ing.

Fol­low­ing more lengthy de­bate, Cr Main asked for the mo­tion to be de­ferred.

That mo­tion was car­ried 6-2.

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