Parking sting for Stirling motorists

Stirling residents are set to be hit with more paid parking spots at higher prices.

The council has voted to expand the amount of paid parking at “high demand locations” across the city, including Herdsman Business Park within Walters Drive, Hasler and Parkland Roads, and around Glendalough rail station.

Council staff stated “it is likely that paid parking will expand into other similar locations”.

The updating of 2008 parking laws will also see many $60 parking penalties increase to $80, including failure to pay at a metered bay and parking when the meter has expired.

Parking in a clearway will nearly double, from $80 to $150 and the council has closed a loophole that allowed residents to park on verges opposite their property.

“This is important as surveys of the city’s parking facilities have indicated that 70 per cent of users are not Stirling ratepayers.”

The council has budgeted $5.8 million to increase paid parking at the Herdsman and Glendalough areas.

Mayor Giovanni Italiano denied the move was a revenue raiser, insisting it was designed to encourage public transport and stop clogged streets.

“The benefit to ratepayers is that the expansion and maintenance of parking facilities will be funded from the proceeds of paid parking, rather than by ratepayers,” he says.

“This is important as surveys of the city’s parking facilities have indicated that 70 per cent of users are not Stirling ratepayers.”

City manager Laurie Crouch says extra paid parking spaces will also ease driver frustration.

“Longer trip times and traffic congestion, looking for a bay, add to drivers’ frustrations.”

The new laws will be go out for community consultation and come back to council for a final review.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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