Paid parking a sore point

The controversial installation of meters along Albany Highway and some side streets has raised the ire of some residents, business operators, visitors and councillors, with the Town’s parking management committee recommending a review of several parameters.

These included a review of the 15-minute discount parking period, the two-hour parking restriction and if paid parking should continue until midnight.

In an effort to provide a mix of long and short-term occupancy, Cr John Bissett unsuccessfully recommended some parking fees be reduced, overall hours of paid parking be reduced and the free parking time limit doubled, immediately. It was voted down 2-7.

Cr Vince Maxwell wanted Cr Bissett’s motion deferred to a special meeting that would have been held today, but this was also voted down 2-7.

Cr Brian Oliver successfully moved that the matter be dealt with at the May 6 public meeting with Mayor Trevor Vaughan, and councillors Claire Anderson and Bissett voting against.