Residents must prove parking is problem to get permit

Parking permits are to be introduced in high-demand residential and business areas.
Parking permits are to be introduced in high-demand residential and business areas.

The City will introduce a resident parking policy, issuing residents in defined ‘area controlled parking zones’ with free permits.

City of Stirling parking co-ordinator Trevor Salter said the City’s new parking program had been introduced to help manage high demand parking areas and assist residents who have insufficient parking available to them.

A 2012 City report highlighted Glendalough street parking, Bradford Street near Edith Cowan University, Railway Parade Mt Lawley, the Herdsman business park and the Mt Lawley business precinct as potential targets. An officer’s report about the initiative, however, states the parking policy would not provide unlimited access to public parking for residents.

Mr Salter said residents would not automatically receive a permit; they must first apply and prove the need for it.

‘In order for a parking permit to be provided, those applying must be experiencing existing parking problems outside their residence as a result of certain activities such as a nearby business, retail outlets or public transport hubs,’ Mr Salter said.

‘Residents without any access to private parking can apply for two permits.’

The City officer’s recommendation suggested a $50 fee for the parking permit before councillors resolved to waive the charge.

Residents can obtain an additional permit, under a transitional arrangement to enable them to make alternative parking arrangements for a second vehicle.

The City will review the use of parking permits for affected residents in 12 months’ time.