Changes to the city’s paid parking have been implemented by the Bunbury City Council in an attempt to make it more convenient for people to visit the CBD.
The time limit for on-street parking in the CBD has been extended from one hour to two hours and the paid parking start time has changed from 8am to 8.30am.
City of Bunbury manager of community law and safety John Kowal dismissed the suggestion increasing the parking time limit would make the CBD more congested.
‘‘Motorists park for as long as they need to conduct their business,’’ he said.
‘‘Our parking occupancy survey figures indicate that the majority of motorists only park for periods ranging from a half an hour to one hour.’’
Paid parking in the CBD was introduced by the council to increase the number of available bays and encourage car turnover in the city’s main streets.
The council surveyed 386 businesses and 229 consumers as part of the review commissioned last September which revealed a negative sentiment towards paid parking among CBD traders.
In response, the council will make 11 changes to the CBD parking and will also investigate additional parking sites, consider the needs of specific users — including seniors, motorcyclists and tourists — and continue to monitor use and occupancy of CBD parking.
Bon Marche owner — Depu ty Mayor Stephen Craddock — said he was pleased the council had listened to the public and responded to the feedback.
‘‘It should be a very popular move,’’ he said.
‘‘It will mean that shoppers will have more time to browse or enjoy lunch and a coffee without having to rush out to the parking meters.
Brooklyn for Men owner Tony Ciallella welcomed the extended parking time limit but said the CBD needed a multi-storey car park.
‘‘We should have a high-rise car park like in Perth and while it may cost you $15 or $20 a day, you at least have the free time,’’ he said.