Town of Claremont councillors last week rejected a recommendation to introduce paid parking at the former Claremont Fresh site, charging drivers $1 for up to one hour and a maximum of $5.
The recommendation follows a June 5, 2012 decision to prepare a business plan for paid parking at the former Claremont Fresh site and Leura Avenue.
Claremont chief executive Stephen Goode said they chose to start with the Stirling Highway site because business owners surrounding the council-owned carpark had requested it.
‘It’s a way to ration the parking,’ Mr Goode said. ‘Business owners are concerned that people are parking there and going in to Claremont Quarter, taking up spaces for their customers.
‘It’s more than likely it (paid parking) will happen eventually.’
However, Cr Jill Goetze said introducing paid parking would encourage people to park at Claremont Quarter free for three hours and shop there.
Cr Goetze said the timing was bad because the Town was about to lose informal parking on the other side of the railway station.
Deputy Mayor Bruce Haynes said the former Claremont Fresh site was suitable for paid parking.
Cr Haynes said money made from parking could offset the Town’s loan for the site.