Subiaco takes aim at Wilson Parking

Subiaco takes aim at Wilson Parking

SUBIACO councillors want to dissociate the City of Subiaco from Wilson Parking and its reputation for expensive fines, wheel clamping and �bullying tactics� at 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.

The Council last night approved Cr Burns� elected member�s motion for administration to present a report to the September council meeting, detailing the current legal status and tenure of the management agreement between the City and Wilson Parking over 46 bays at Seddon Street.

Cr Burns said the current 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.

�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 the company was in conversation with the Subiaco Council and were unable to comment on the commercial agreement at this time.

Cr Murray Rowe said Wilson Parking was dissuading people from visiting Subiaco.

�If there is one single entity that is affecting the opinion of parking in Subiaco, it is Wilson,� Cr Rowe said.

�I would be all for pulling out of this (agreement), buying some yellow paint at Bunnings and differentiating ourselves by marking out new bays.

�I do not like their attitude. They are very unforgiving.�

Cr Stephanie Stroud said Wilson Parking had �hijacked our town�s parking�.

�There is a lot of confusion, people think it is our land and that we are charging these prices,� she said.

Subiaco resident Chrissy Haynes said paying $7.20 for parking less than an hour was �just ridiculous�.

�To put it in perspective, $7.20 was over 10 per cent of what I spent by stopping in Subi,� Ms Haynes said.

�I paid more in parking than for the coffee I stopped and parked for at the Dome.�