FREMANTLE residents with parking permits could soon be relegated to off-street parking if City of Fremantle councillors approve changes to permit conditions.
The permit currently gives residents free parking in a city centre on-street bay during specified hours, but following a recent review the City has decided to draft a new set of conditions, citing the old ones as “overly complicated and difficult to communicate to residents”.
Under the proposed new conditions, permit hours would be streamlined to a flat 3pm to 10am daily, while on-street parking would no longer be admissible, with residents instead made to park in city-managed off-street carparks.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the changes would simplify the conditions, provide more free parking and make shopping locally easier and more affordable for the more than 6700 permit holders.
“We want to unlock the City for local shoppers and make it easier than ever to do business in Freo, making the process as simple and easy as possible,” he said.
“Being free after 3pm for residents is something we hope sticks in Fremantle residents’ minds.”
The changes would mean almost 1400 bays would be available for use under the permit, but City officers have reservations about whether the move to off-street parking would limit the amount of bays available for visitors from outside Fremantle, as well as cause a reduction in parking income.
The item will go before the council on July 26 and, if approved, changes are expected to come in on December 1.