Permission to park
Parking permits returned to business owners, staff
MORLEY Markets business owners and staff will have their parking permits returned for a 12-month trial period after the City of Bayswater abolished them back in December.
There are one-hour, three-hour and eight-hour parking bays surrounding the building, which is next to Morley Library and Caltex petrol station and across from Galleria Shopping Centre.
The building has several retailers and eateries, including Galaxy Beads, Camera House, Jester’s, Mamak House, Godfreys and RAC.
Grocery stores IGA and Morley Market Fresh have recently closed down.
The City, which owns all parking bays, removed staff permits in December.
The permits had been in place for 12 years.
At the August 21 committee meeting, Bayswater Council supported Councillor Stephanie Gray’s alternate motion to allocate two annual parking permits per business for staff working longer than three hour shifts.
Cr Gray’s motion also recommended a minor parking scheme review of the existing eight-hour parking bays and allocation of the bays to permit holders.
City officers will prepare a report to council on the permits before the end of 2019.
Officers recommended not to approve allocated parking bays or permits for businesses.
Camera House staffer Jordan Prince-Wright, who addressed council, said staff had to move their cars throughout the day and ran the risk of paying $80 fines.
“I earn $110 a day; I come out and find a $80 fine, so that means I don’t actually earn $110 a day,” he said.
“Council decided the eight-hour parking was going to be a solution.
“It may seem like a solution but some of us don’t work eight hours, including myself.”
Mr Prince-Wright said it was unsafe to walk alone at night, especially if staff parked at Morley Sport and Recreation Centre, the nearest area with available parking spaces.
Cr Gray said while she understood the frustration of businesses, she echoed other councillors’ comments that it was not the council’s responsibility to provide parking.
Morley Markets business owners and staff will be getting parking permits back.