Calls for changes to paid parking plan

The Old Great Northern Highway in Midland’s old town centre will have 21 parking meters.
The Old Great Northern Highway in Midland’s old town centre will have 21 parking meters.

A City of Swan special electors meeting was held on Tuesday night to discuss the impact of paid parking for residents and businesses in Midland.

Business owners across Midland have called for paid parking to apply to the entire Midland CBD, instead of the proposed phased approach star-ting in the old town centre.

The meeting was called following outcry over the installation of 21 ticket machines in the old town centre of Midland, which business owners say is suffering already.

Many businesses say the parking meters will make the area less attractive for shoppers, while elderly residents have concerns about paying to visit the services � such as the library and Centrelink � in the area.

Swan Chamber of Commerce vice-|president Graham Edwards said members supported the need for paid parking, but time limits had to be established correctly.

Mr Edwards said ticket machines should allow for one hour of free parking.

But a motion was later passed asking the council to consider up to two hours free parking.

The City of Swan�s aim with paid parking was to stop staff parking in bays all day outside businesses and to create a higher turnover of cars and customers.

Last year, the City handed out 4000 parking infringements, most of which were for exceeding parking time limits.

A passionate crowd at the meeting carried several motions for the council to consider when it voted on paid parking this year.

The meeting requested that the council consider extending free parking in the Midland town centre, despite it already investing more than $100,000 installing ticket machines.

A majority of the meeting also favoured the formation of an advisory committee made up of councillors, business owners and ratepayers in the Midland/Guildford ward to share ideas to revitalise the centre of Midland.

Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the council would take all comments on board.