Backdown on car parking fees
PAID parking is being scrapped in Mt Lawley, just two months after the City of Stirling introduced it.
Parking meters were installed on Field Street and Beaufort Street north of Walcott Street in July after a council decision in March, supported by all councillors except Elizabeth Re.
Councillor Joe Ferrante called for removal of the meters, which allowed for one hour free parking and $2 per hour afterwards, because he said it was hurting businesses in the area.
This was echoed by Eric Matusik, of Matusik Diamond Jewellers, and Irving and Keenan Real Estate principal Stuart Irving at last Tuesday’s meeting.
Cr Karen Caddy said the City had installed paid parking in Osborne Park, Glendalough, Innaloo, Stirling and other areas of Mt Lawley and initial concerns did not last long.
A City report found most people were parking for less than an hour, with 11 per cent staying one to two hours and 8.5 per cent parking for two to three hours.
“80 per cent of the motorists are parking for one hour or less, so 80 per cent of the time it’s free; only a small minority are being charged,” Cr Caddy said.
“We’ve spent a lot of ratepayers’ money putting this paid parking in.”
According to Cr Bianca Sandri, some business owners were not allowing customers to park behind their shops as they were supposed to.
Planning director Ross Povey said the City had taken compliance action against some owners with mixed results but it could investigate currently locked carparks, subject to resourcing.
Several councillors supported a suspension of paid parking until February to avoid the busier summer months, but the majority voted in favour of immediately removing the meters.
The City expects to spend up to $5000 to remove the six machines and replace signage.