Per­mis­sion to park

Park­ing per­mits re­turned to busi­ness own­ers, staff

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

Pic­ture: Kristie Lim

Mor­ley Mar­kets busi­ness own­ers and staff will be get­ting park­ing per­mits back.

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