Parking free-for-all

The City of Wanneroo is considering time restrictions on street parking around Butler station to deter passengers trying to avoid $2 station parking fees.
The City of Wanneroo is considering time restrictions on street parking around Butler station to deter passengers trying to avoid $2 station parking fees.

Wanneroo councillor Sabine Winton successfully put forward a motion in May for a parking strategy to address residents’ concerns about increased demand for parking when the station opens.

The August 19 council meeting agenda includes a recommendation to endorse a parking management strategy covering streets within 400m of the station and hold community consultation on a parking prohibitions plan.

At last week’s council briefing session, City infrastructure director Dennis Blair said the strategy involved installing time-restricted parking prohibitions and issuing parking permits to residents.

Mr Blair said there were still technical issues to address, including whether to put restrictions on laneways, and staff would have to report back to council.

‘We still need to do a bit more work on how we are going to do the parking prohibitions,’ he said.

Mr Blair said the City may have to install 450 signs in the area, which could cost about $27,000 ” more than the $17,000 available in the current budget.

Asked by Cr Glynis Parker about paid parking in the area, Mr Blair said that would be a ‘last resort’ and was not currently being considered.

Cr Bob Smithson asked what community consultation would be done, with Mr Blair saying the City would write to every landowner in the precinct.

‘We will be going out quite extensively to each property owner, then will report back to council on any amendments to our draft parking plan,’ he said.

The report going to the council tonight said the three Public Transport Authority car parks, which have about 930 bays, would exceed demand.

‘However, the imposition of the $2 parking fee may result in rail patrons seeking free parking external to the PTA car parks,’ it said.

‘This parking management strategy will attempt to control and discourage parking in residential streets by rail patrons without being unduly restrictive on residents.

‘The control of parking on the vacant private land remains the responsibility of the owners.’

Councillors will consider endorsing the strategy and asking the City administration to prepare a parking prohibitions plan and guidelines for parking permits by December.

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