Subiaco cuts ties with Wilson Parking over Seddon Street carpark

SUBIACO will end its Seddon Street carpark management agreement with Wilson Parking in “the utmost haste”.

Councillors voted 9-2 on Tuesday night that the acting chief executive “immediately arrange” for the 46 bays at Seddon Street to be instead managed by the City of Subiaco and made 30-minute free bays.

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

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

The behind-closed-doors decision was made public on Thursday at 4.30pm.

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 on a barbed wire fence, 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.

Wilson Parking has been contacted for comment.