Cockburn Council will not introduce residential parking permits at the Cockburn Central Town Centre.

Cockburn Council will not introduce residential parking permits at the Cockburn Central Town Centre.

COCKBURN Council will not go ahead with the introduction of residential parking permits at the Cockburn Central Town Centre.

The idea was put to councillors at the August council meeting by a Cockburn Central resident, annoyed she had been fined by the council for breaking its two-hour parking regulation.

But a report put to council on Thursday suggested councillors not proceed with the permits because it would go against the point of the transit -oriented development (TOD).

‘TODs are planned on the principle that residents, employees, and visitors to the TOD will travel by public transport, cycling and walking at a greater rate than more low-density developments,’ the report said.

‘This is also deliberately influenced by reducing the parking requirements for developments in TODs, to encourage greater use of sustainable transport options like cycling, walking and public transport.’

The report also said that with the on-street parking capacity of the Town Centre at 208 bays, ‘even if each dwelling was only permitted to have a singe parking permit, then demand for long-term use of on-street parking bays would potentially exceed supply by approximately 400 per cent’.

The third point against the idea was that it would impact the availability of spots for visitors to shops and offices.

Rather than disregard the idea, Sabrina Alessandrini ” an employee of Squisito Italian Caffetteria ” called for more parking.

‘We never like to see people get fined,’ she said.

‘They could possibly extend how long people can park there or add more parking, which would help businesses and residents.’

The number of bays for each dwelling is controlled via the Cockburn Central Town Centre Design Guidelines.

Most one and two-bedroom dwellings have a single bay, with three-bedroom dwellings allotted two.

Resident Peter Oldham said he did not have an issue with the system, as it obligated developers to provide parking.