Byron drive to paid parking
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
ONE year after Byron Bay's controversial coupon parking trial ended the issue is on the agenda again with Byron Shire Council to vote today on a plan to reintroduce paid parking.
The council will debate a staff proposal to reintroduce paid parking in Lawson, Jonson, Bay, Fletcher, Middleton and Byron streets, while the Lawson Street car parks would provide 'employeefriendly' parking.
The six-month coupon parking trial ended last May with the council deciding to end paid parking in the CBD but retain it in the Main Beach and Lawson Street, north and south, car parks.
Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce yesterday issued a battle call to members to fight the proposal.
"During the coupon parking trial period CBD retailers experienced a staggering 30 per cent downturn in business," chamber vice-president Tim Tetley said. "Conversely, when the trial period was lifted, business rose back to its pre-parking coupon norm. Council doesn't have a parking problem, it has a traf- fic problem."