Permits plea to ease station parking woes

Dr Mark Pollard would like parking permits for people who work near the railway station because local the parking space is taken up by commuters
Dr Mark Pollard would like parking permits for people who work near the railway station because local the parking space is taken up by commuters

Coastal ward councillor Ian Goodenough said parking restrictions introduced by the City in mid-2012 to control train commuters’ parking habits had an adverse impact on residents and businesses.

‘Numerous complaints have been received from residents and business operators who have received infringements from the City while parked adjacent to their own homes or business premises,’ he said.

‘The high to medium-density design nature of housing in the station precinct is characterised by small lots with limited on-site parking, necessitating parking of some vehicles in street bays.’

Somerly Central Medical Centre doctor Mark Pollard said the parking restrictions made it difficult for staff who had to leave work to move their cars every three hours.

‘There’s only our three-hour parking available ” obviously we are open for 12 hours a day,’ he said.

‘Most staff have had at least one fine ” the fines are $100.

‘I feel for the staff because they don’t want to be fined when they come to work.’

Dr Pollard said the medical centre had one designated parking bay, but 12 staff members, each with their own vehicle. While there are visitor bays at their building, Dr Pollard said building management had said his staff were not allowed to use those.

‘Parking is at an absolute premium around the station,’ he said.

‘We don’t really have a solution or any alternative.’

In September 2012, the Times reported on a resident’s call for parking permits, three months after the City introduced three-hour parking restrictions on roads near the train station.

Cr Goodenough will seek support at the council meeting tonight, April 30.