Morley: Old Collier Road businesses to receive staff parking permits

The Old Collier Road car park. Picture: Kristie Lim.
The Old Collier Road car park. Picture: Kristie Lim.

OLD Collier Road businesses in Morley will be granted two staff parking permits, after Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull used his casting vote to pass the decision.

The council voted 5-5 for Cr Bull’s motion to approve permits for six businesses at 8-14 Old Collier Road at the October 23 council meeting before the Mayor broke the deadlock.

In the business complex, there are 23 eight-hour car bays, 10 private bays and 20 two-hour bays.

Following the decision, 12 of the eight-hour car bays will be allocated to staff.

The move comes after council approved two parking permits per business at the Old Morley Markets in August.

Cr Bull said while the council previously decided to keep current restrictions, the staff permits would help fix parking problems.

“We will be showing that we are acting in a consistent way to assist the businesses in this area,” he said,“What we do know is that the businesses do need help in order to make sure their staff have parking and feel safe.”

Cr Bull said he received feedback from businesses that the eight-hour parking bays did not work for staff.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, who voted against, said he struggled to find parking in the area.

“I would be reluctant to lock in more staff parking where we already got a quarter of the car park allocated to supposedly staff parking,” he said.

“I know that might be for public transport, in which case I think we should stop that section for eight hours so commuters are not using it.

“But to have half the car park for staff parking, that is just not good economics.”

According to an officer’s report, the businesses would need to pay $40 per permit and the staff bays may cause inconvenience to customers.