Chamber boss pushes for nose-in parking

By MARY MANN CAR parking spaces in Ballina are being lost because drivers are not reversing into spaces properly.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary Bryan Marriott said lined, nose-in parking in Tamar Street would force people to park properly and more quickly, leaving room for more parks and cutting back traffic congestion.

The chamber has written to Ballina Shire Council pushing for a new look at parking options.

"I just have to look out the window from my office in Tamar Street and I can see how many spaces are lost because people aren't backing in properly," Mr Marriott said.

"When they back in they're taking extra space because they're often not sure where they are.

"Nose-in parking works well in River Street, so it should be extended."

The chamber has requested a change to nose-in parking in Tamar Street, from Martin to Kerr streets, as well as in the centre sections of Moon and Grant streets, between River and Tamar streets.

River Street business owner Barbara Browning, of Frangipani Lifestyle, said she welcomed the proposal with open arms.

"It's faster and easier," she said. "There was controversy about it when council decided on nose-in parking in River Street because older people were worried about backing out.

"I don't think they like change. "But now everyone I talk to thinks it is by far the best way to go."

Meanwhile, council is planning an $11 million multi-level car parking facility at the car parking area near Wigmore Arcade in Tamar Street.

The development will include shops at ground level, three upper levels of parking and office space on the top floor. The building is expected to house 260 car spaces, 200 of which would be allocated to public car parking.

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