Maylands: businesses, residents to be consulted on new parking strategy

Maylands town centre. Picture: Kristie Lim
Maylands town centre. Picture: Kristie Lim

MAYLANDS residents and businesses will be consulted on proposed restricted time restrictions in the town centre before passed parking strategy is actioned by the City of Bayswater.

At the April 10 committee meeting, Bayswater Council unanimously supported Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik’s amended motion to adopt the modified Maylands Town Centre Car Parking Strategy and hold further consultation with residents and businesses.

The City will consult with landowners prior to implementing actions related to time restricted parking within 250m to 400m of the train station.

A report will be considered by the council.

The City will also hold a community workshop in Maylands, two years after the adoption of the strategy, to allow people to comment and provide further suggestions.

Changes to the December 2017 version of the strategy include the deletion of a review and possible removal of taxi bays on Eighth Avenue, way-finding signage in the short-term (years one to two), investigating sensors and apps and establishing a universal access bay.

The time restrictions include two to three hours within 150m of the train station, three hours within 150m to 250m of the centre of the station and four hours within 250m to 400m of the station.

The City will investigate the implementation of paid parking, shared parking and residential parking permits.

Cr Petersen-Pik said people would have the chance to comment on the proposed longer-stay parking and restricted parking.

“Many of the community would like to see improvements to the current availability of parking in the Maylands town centre,” he said.

“The plan will change existing one hour parking on and around Eighth Avenue to two and three hour parking – this change is very important for people to visit a number of businesses while in the town centre.”

Rowe Group planning manager Aaron Lohman, who represented the owner of 43 Eighth Avenue, said the owner was concerned with the two-to-three hour parking, which would reduce the availability of bays and allow them to be occupied for long periods.

“We also believe it will discourage visitors because on-street car parking is not available and is able to be occupied for long periods of time,” he said.

Bayswater resident Bernard Christison, who addressed the council, said extra bays were needed because 23 bays have disappeared since he started his campaign for parking two-and-a-half years ago.

According to an officer’s report, the total estimated cost of implementation of the strategy is $4,375,450, however, $4,290,000 of this is for two possible decked parking structures in the long-term.

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