OSBORNE Park business owners are calling on the City of Stirling to remove paid parking on their street after “lacklustre” public consultation.
The Burgay Court business owners said the City’s paid parking and parking upgrade plan for Pearson Way and Burgay Court in the light industrial area was not needed.
In a report to council in December, staff said paid parking in the area would encourage public transport use and ease traffic congestion, but business owners fear they will have to foot the bill for staff parking.
The council report said potential revenue from the Selby Street North parking would be $122,000 per year.
The owners submitted a 61-signature petition to council on May 3 calling for the motion to be revoked.
Business owner Tony Lovegrove said the majority of business owners knew nothing about the plan.
“I went to every door on Pearson Avenue and Burgay Court and asked if people were aware; 80 per cent of people weren’t even aware of the paid parking, 100 per cent of people in Burgay Court said they didn’t want it,” he said.
Mechanic Keith Adamson said his staff were already looking for other jobs because of the added cost.
Stirling community safety manager Laurie Crouch said the City recognised the economic pressures and concerns raised by the business owners.
“The City will consult further by meeting with Burgay Court business owners who have concerns to look at ways in which issues can be addressed and a compromise be reached,” he said.
Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey urged Mayor Giovanni Italiano to give “further consideration” to the decision after she was contacted by “numerous” business owners.
“These concerns range from lack of consultation with landowners and tenants to concerns regarding the needs of the industrial area that the street is situated in,” she said in a letter to Cr Italiano.
Ms Harvey questioned whether the City had given due consideration to the impact on the businesses.
Mr Adamson said the City was trying to introduce a “white-collar” parking solution in a light industrial area.