Free parking on Seddon Street causes issues for Subiaco council.

Free parking on Seddon Street causes issues for Subiaco council.

THERE is confusion over whether the City of Subiaco or Wilson Parking initiated plans to provide short-term free parking at the Seddon Street carpark.

Last Tuesday, Subiaco councillors voted 9-2 for acting chief executive Alan Millard to “immediately arrange” 46 bays at Seddon Street to be made 30-minute free parking.

“Furthermore, with the utmost haste, arrange withdrawal from the present management agreement,” the council decision read.

However, a Wilson Parking spokeswoman said last Friday that they commended the City for “actioning our recommendation to implement 30-minute free parking at their 46-bay Seddon Street carpark”.

“The City of Subiaco operates numerous carparks throughout Subiaco and it is only natural for Seddon Street to be a part of their operations,” she said.

A City spokeswoman said the council decision “spoke for itself” and would not comment further on the matter.

At a council meeting last month, councillors said they were fed up with Wilson Parking “hijacking the town’s parking” with expensive tickets, wheel clamping and “bullying tactics” at the Seddon Street carpark.

“They are like vultures, just waiting for you to stay one minute over and charge a $65 fine,” Cr Mark Burns said.

Cr Burns later said he had been “inundated” by emails and calls from local business owners and residents supporting his objective to drive Australia’s largest private parking operator out of Subiaco.

“I encourage private land owners within Subiaco to sever ties with Wilson Parking and would encourage other municipalities in WA and across Australia to do the same,” he said.

A Wilson Parking spokeswoman said Wilson looked forward to continuing to supply parking for visitors, commuters and locals in Subiaco.

Seddon Street carpark, behind the former Pavilion Market site, was the only Wilson Parking-managed carpark owned by the City.