PARKING restrictions are to be introduced around Bayswater train station to thwart commuters who clog up local streets.
Bayswater city council has green-lit restrictions for Winifred Road, Whatley Crescent and Drake and Hamilton Streets.
Restrictions include a mix of no-verge parking, one- and three-hour parking limits and no parking.
Residents in affected streets will be issued with permits.
For years the suburbs surrounding Bayswater and Maylands stations have been plagued by city workers who illegally park on verges, median strips and driveways before hopping on a train.
Cr Barry McKenna says illegal parking will worsen when the WA government introduces a mandatory $2 fee at station carparks from next month.
“Some people will balk at paying $10 a week for parking,” he says.
“It will throw cars onto our streets and make the parking situation even worse.”
Cr John Rifici says the days of two-car households are over.
“Children can’t afford to buy their own place and are staying at home for a lot longer,” he says.
“Some houses have four cars and require on-road parking—permits are a necessity for residents.”
Cr Michelle Sutherland says parts of Bayswater are now akin to an inner-city suburb and permits are appropriate.
“I know permits are widely used in Vincent,” she says.
“The demographics of Bayswater are changing and we need to adapt.”
by STEPHEN POLLOCK