Push to part ways with Wilson

The controversial Seddon Street carpark run by Wilson Parking. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
The controversial Seddon Street carpark run by Wilson Parking. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

Cr Hemsley said he proposed a similar motion to sever ties with the controversial parking company in 2012, but it was not supported.

�Subiaco is tarnished by its association with Wilson Parking,� he said.

The Council last Tuesday voted 8-1 to approve Cr Mark Burns� elected member�s motion for administration to prepare a report detailing the current legal status and tenure of its management agreement over 46 car bays at Seddon Street.

Cr Burns said the current expired agreement would be broken if either the 16-storey mixed-use development at the old Pavilion Markets site or Barrie Lepley�s 1 Seddon Street offices were built.

�If they don�t build, then this agreement exists (indefinitely),� he said.

�They are like vultures on a barbed wire fence, just waiting for you to stay one minute over and charge a $65 fine. The bottom line is that they are bullies. Does Subiaco and our community really want to be in business with them?�

A Wilson Parking spokeswoman said she was disappointed by the �unprofessional, inaccurate and damaging statements� made by Cr Burns.

�Wilson Parking has a long-standing, successful contract with the City of Subiaco,� she said.

�It should be noted that parking fees are set in consultation with the council.�

Subiaco chief executive Ian Hill said City officers and a senior Wilson Parking representative would meet for �constructive discussions� about their working relationship this week.

But Cr Burns said the meeting was contrary to his approved elected member�s motion.

�My motion was simply to examine the legal tenure of the relationship with a view of breaking it. There was no suggestion council�s staff should attempt to rebuild a relationship with Wilson.�