STIRLING councillors have voted to abolish free parking on Field Street and in more sections of Beaufort Street.
Motorists parking on Field Street or at 679/680 Beaufort Street will now get the first 60 minutes for free, but will then have to pay $2 per hour.
Councillors voted not to introduce paid parking at the Main Street plaza precinct in Osborne Park.
Since the council adopted its parking strategy in 2009, paid parking has been established in six areas including Herdsman Business Park, Glendalough and Cedric and Bradford Streets.
In a council report officers noted that paid parking is “not generally embraced by motorists”, however “in areas of high demand where parking is provided by the city, it is reasonable that the city utilise the opportunity to recover the cost of development and maintenance and charge a fee for its use.”