City of Vincent alters parking policy

City of Vincent alters parking policy

DESPITE resistance from Councillor Matt Buckels and 24 residents, the City of Vincent altered its residential parking permit policy.

There has been a reduction in the number of permits issued, which are now valid for three years, subject to application and must run with the property, meaning it must be transferred between new owners or tenants.

When put out for public comment, 24 people responded they were against the changes, citing concerns regarding the reduced number of permits, with one commenter saying “changes will be detrimental to our parking options.”

Another noted “the loss of a permit affects the social structure of our lives and we would not have bought in the area if this was the case.”

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Cr Buckels was not impressed with the proposed changes before they were passed.

“This is going from an imperfect situation to an imperfect situation,” he said.

Mayor John Carey disagreed.

“Cr Buckels, you are wrong,” he said. “The system is broken for different reasons; this is the reality of inner-city living and its only going to get worse.”

Mr Carey said he was open to a better scheme being introduced in the future.

“This new system is better and reduces the administrative burden; this could be a transition to a better scheme,” he said. “In two years, a better scheme could be introduced.”