Parking times driving people away

Old Perth Road business owners Nic Di Blasio of Di Blasio Mens Hair Salon and Simone Hegge of Tall Style. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d422094
Old Perth Road business owners Nic Di Blasio of Di Blasio Mens Hair Salon and Simone Hegge of Tall Style. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d422094

The owner of Tall Style, set up shop about 18 months ago and had noticed business had slowed down and the parking problem increase especially in recent months.

Parking along Old Perth Road was at an hourly limit up to a couple of weeks ago when it changed to half an hour, a time limit Mrs Hegge says is not reasonable for businesses.

‘The problem with 30 minutes is it is not conducive for businesses because if people want to browse the other shops they don’t have time to do it,’ she said.

‘My neighbours Di Blasio Men’s Hair Salon has a lot of elderly clients and they don’t want to park too far away.

‘A lot of them who can’t find a spot out the front, move along ” there’s no ACROD parking for people either.’

Adding to Mrs Hegge’s frustration is the lack of policing of the time limits by the town rangers.

She said despite signs stating the one-hour or half hour timeframes, people parked along the road all day.

She added there was little support from the rangers, who she had contacted after watching some people park up to several hours a day.

‘Their idea was that they (council) wanted to get the traffic flow moving, which I totally agree with, but before they do that, they should have policed the one hour that was here in the first place,’ she said. ‘Genuine people and the elderly get stressed about this sort of thing and they will just stop coming to the strip.

‘I don’t expect the rangers to drop everything, but when you have spoken to them a few times about the same thing, I feel it tends to fall on deaf ears.’

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell said he was aware of the issue and it was a constant frustration for council rangers who would be infringing people with a $60 fine.

‘We are going to monitor it more carefully; we don’t want people to park, catch the train and come back at the end of the day,’ he said,

‘There is the Wilson Street car park, there’s parking along Wilson Street and Parker Street but by in large there needs to be a change in culture.

‘We want to encourage people to walk down the street and pass the other businesses.’

He added that a letter sent to the businesses advising of the change had been well received by retailers and the possibility of ACROD parking was definitely an option.

Mrs Hegge said she hoped to see the timeframe of the parking go back to the original one-hour slot.