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Call to ditch parking meters
Call to ditch parking meters

Outspoken Bunbury city councillor Michelle Steck will urge the council to vote to remove the parking meters in Victoria Street at tonight’s full council meeting.

The motion comes only months after the council considered a comprehensive survey of both the shopping and retail community regarding the meters and voted in 11 changes to the city’s parking strategy.

Cr Steck said the CBD retail community continued to express concerns about parking in the city.

‘‘It is apparent the council needs to reconsider and adopt more sensible policies that assist the livelihood of retailers and encourage more vibrancy within the CBD,’’ she said.

‘‘All other major shopping precincts within the city provide free parking zones including the council-owned Plaza carpark.’’

Two changes to parking in the CBD have been implemented and aim to ease the city’s parking woes and make it more convenient for shoppers to browse.

The start time of on-street paid parking has been changed from 8am to 8.30am and all one-hour onstreet parking zones, aside from the designated pick-up and drop-off points, have been changed to two hours.

Bunbury Mayor David Smith has long ruled out removing the parkingmeters saying themeters are not the reason some retailers were struggling.

When the question of the future of the parking meters was last raised at the council, CBD business owner and Deputy Mayor Stephen Craddock urged the council to ‘‘stay strong under fire’’ and continue to support the council’s parking strategy.

Cr Steck has urged her fellow councillors to support the changes.

‘‘It is considered that by removing parking meters in Victoria Street (and ultimately the whole CBD), council will be removing the impediment to quick turnaround shopping,’’ she said.

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