PARKING meters in Midland’s historic town centre will remain unused until, at the earliest, January next year.
The 21 parking meters were installed in the original town centre of Midland in April at a cost of around $100,000, while parking closer to Midland Gate remained unmetered.
The move prompted outcry from many business owners in the original town centre, who believed they had been unfairly targetted and inadequately consulted.
Six months on from installation, the machines are unused.
In a tight vote at last week’s meeting, City of Swan council opted to support a motion from Midland-Guildford ward councillor Daniel Parisiliti to hold-off on commissioning the meters.
This allows time for City of Swan to consult with businesses closer to Midland Gate about commissioning parking machines in that area.
That way, a review on all free parking periods in Midland CBD can be completed, and council will again decide on the matter.
It also means paid parking could be introduced at once, rather than the originally planned phased approach.
Swan chief executive Mike Foley said it was difficult to put a timeframe on the decision to commission paid parking but consultation will start as soon as possible.
“This will be before Christmas and it is anticipated the report will go to Council in January.”