Paid parking was adopted by council in June 2012 after the development of the Public Parking Management Implementation Strategy, formed after extensive public surveys in 2011.
Now a major Area Improvement Program will begin in the Herdsman Business District with four new car parks to be built, along with the construction of angle parking through the streets.
Two car parks will be developed on the south side of Parkland Road with a total of 78 car and 10 motorcycle bays, while two car parks on the corner of Hasler Road and Jon Sanders Drive will contain a total of 160 car and 14 motorcycle bays.
In addition to extra car parking bays, it is proposed there will be an additional 200 motor cycle bays constructed in addition to the construction of footpaths and marked bicycle paths.
City of Stirling Mayor David Boothman said he believed the area would benefit enormously from the additional parking, which would take about eight months to complete.
‘The works will be conducted in 10 stages, with road reserves extensively used for the construction of new and improved parking facilities,’ he said.’The designs for the proposed angle parking along the street are currently being undertaken and once complete will be made available for information and comment to adjacent land owners and occupiers.’
The mayor said the number of new developments in the Herdsman Business Park would continue to attract commuters, and the City was promoting the use of public transport.
‘While we are constructing new parking facilities we must continue to encourage the use of public transport and alternative modes of travel including cycling, car pooling, and walking,’ he said.
Construction costs for the Area Improvement Program have been budgeted at $3,765,000.
Short-term parking fees have been set at $1.50 per hour, while long term parking intended for all-day parking will be $1 per hour to a maximum of $5 per day.
A tender for the supply of ticketing machines will be re-tendered after no suitable applications were received.