Ballina council rejects 15-minute parking
By MARY MANN
MAKING people happy is something Ballina councillor Peter Moore gets a kick out of, so restricting shoppers to 15-minute parking on parts of River Street was not something he and some other councillors wanted to do.
Changes to parking restrictions in the town's CBD were yesterday decided on at a meeting of the council.
At the same time a proposal to introduce some 15-minute parking either side of pedestrian crossings on River Street was rejected by the councillors.
"We need to work in partnership with the community," Cr Moore said.
"Fifteen-minute parking is not going to be well received."
Parking changes approved include the introduction of onehour parking between Winton Lane and the Richmond River, and two-hour parking on parts of Cherry Street.
The proposed 15-minute parks were changed to 30 minutes.
The parking changes come after a review, which was carried out in 2004 and indicated there was scope for improvements.
Proposed changes were exhibited for public submissions.
At least 12 were received, including one from the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, which supported many of the proposed changes but was not happy with the 15-minute limit for parts of River Street.
Council's civil services group manager John Truman said the 15-minute parking proposal had been aimed at 'giving seniors the opportunity to use an ATM or buy a loaf of bread'.
The council will erect new parking signage, and information about the changes will soon be available on the council website.
For more information go to www.ballina.nsw.gov.au