Parking meters for Midland town centre

Local business owner Eddie Peters with one of the covered parking meters. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d438922
Local business owner Eddie Peters with one of the covered parking meters. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d438922

PARKING meters in the centre of Midland are set to be unveiled.

The meters have been installed in parts of the town centre but remain under wraps as they are not yet operational.

No date has been set for when the parking meters will begin operating.

The meters have already proven controversial, with some business owners concerned by the potential loss of income once the machines, which cost $100,000 to install, are fully operational.

“This end of town is quiet anyway,” Midland Newsagency and Lotto owner Rex McCrae said of Old Great Northern Highway.

“Paid parking will make it less attractive for shoppers.”

Other local business owners want the City of Swan to turn all meters on at the same time, rather than a staggered launch.

Swan Chamber of Commerce member and local business owner Eddie Peters said he accepted parking meters were needed but that it would be more efficient to turn them all on at the same time.

Mr Peters said he was concerned that the impact on small businesses, which were already struggling, would be severe.

“Big business can carry these changes but small ones can’t in these economic times,” Mr Peters said.

He is also concerned that only one side of Cale Road falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Swan, making it difficult to adopt a uniform parking policy.

City of Swan acting chief executive Mark Bishop said the council had received valuable feedback from business owners in Midland. “The option of installing and operating parking meters across the whole of Midland at the same time is included in the feedback received,” he said.

“The City will now review the data and feedback collected, and prepare a report and recommendations for council to consider.”

Midland MLA Michelle Roberts has been active in the SOS – to Save our Street Parking campaign.

Her staff has organised a petition, which will be presented to the City of Swan. Council is still to consider the option of offering free parking for one hour with a ticket.

A meeting was held on June 2 for businesses to meet City of Swan staff and provide comment on paid parking.