Anger over parking permits

SUBIACO residents are angry that the City of Subiaco has reduced the maximum number of visitor parking permits from two to one.

Resident Robert Hall said it was “very clear” that the parking problem was largely about illegal parking, not current residences’ visitor parking permits.

“One suggestion was residents paying for parking permits, which I am stunned by because we already pay through our rates,” he said.

“Until new technology is available to help rangers enforce their policy, residents should not be punished by having their visitor parking permits reduced from two to one.”

On December 15, Subiaco Council approved a motion that City staff present a draft policy on residential, visitor, temporary and special parking permits to its February 2016 meeting.

Development services director Kathy Bonus said the decision to reduce the number of permits was made by the Council in 2013.

“Recent feedback has indicated a range of views,” Ms Bonus said.

“We sent out 2500 notifications (that the permits would be reduced), and it has become clear to us that there are different needs for different areas.”

Cr Malcolm Mummery said the decision council made in 2013 did not consider future implications.

“The sooner this draft policy comes back to us, the better,” Cr Stephanie Stroud said.

At the electors’ meeting this month, resident John Bouffler said City rangers were “hopeless” at enforcing parking in Subiaco.

“People park on the street all day.” he said.

“I could earn the City another $50,000 or $60,000 if you gave me the authority to hand out tickets.”

He said the City should channel its resources more into enforcing two-hour parking than reducing visitor permits.”

Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the problem was caused by insufficient technology, not by the rangers.

“There are apps that can be used for visitor parking,” he said.

“We are looking at that so we can be on top of the problem and make it easier for our staff to enforce laws.”