Council to end parking free-for-all
Council to end parking free-for-all

The City of Vincent will target drivers parking in residential streets in a bid to ease the parking squeeze in inner-city suburbs such as Highgate and Leederville.

It will employ two extra inspectors from July to police areas used by people looking for free parking close to central areas.

Vincent mayor Alannah MacTiernan said many inner-city residents could not park in front of their homes because commuters, local workers and restaurant and cafe patrons clogged their streets.

Many people parked in residential areas and then took buses to other areas.

Ms MacTiernan said the problem would only get worse if nothing was done to lift the quality of public transport.

"Unfortunately, the Government has got its Directions 2031, which is really quite disconnected from any transport funding," she said.

"We cannot have European-style density and suburban-style public transport offerings."

Ms MacTiernan said the council was spending almost $300,000 on new right-angle parking in Highgate, Leederville and North Perth but it was only part of the solution.

The new inspectors would focus on parking restrictions that were already in place but had been rarely policed because of a lack of staff.

Ms MacTiernan said it was a fine balance between supporting local businesses and maintaining amenities for residents.

"We don't want these areas to become carparks but we also don't want to scare people away from coming to the city," she said.

North Perth resident Anne McKenzie says she often cannot get out of her Forrest Street home because of parked cars.

She said the problem had become worse in the past few years.

"Of course, there are a lot more shops and cafes and things and it is a fantastic place to live but at the weekends, in particular, it is just too busy," she said.

The one-hour restrictions on street parking were rarely policed, so people parked there all day.

She hoped the inspectors devoted to the residential areas would help relieve the congestion.

The West Australian

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