Dr Jeffrey Keir, of the Northern Rivers Skin Care Clinic, is unhappy with new two-hour parking in Kerr Street.
Dr Jeffrey Keir, of the Northern Rivers Skin Care Clinic, is unhappy with new two-hour parking in Kerr Street. Doug Eaton

Ballina doctor ticked off at Tamar St time limits

A BALLINA doctor says changes to the parking in Tamar Street have put his staff in danger and created problems for his patients.

A section of the street, between Grant and Moon streets, now has a two-hour parking limit.

Dr Jeffrey Keir, from the Northern Rivers Skin Care Clinic, said the Ballina Shire Council did not consult with businesses about the change.

However, Cr Robyn Hordern said that it was a 'change the council had to make'.

“I know there are a lot of people in those local offices who are unhappy with the change,” she said.

“However, it had to be done to provide access for people.

“Two hours is a fairly reasonable time limit.”

The council's group manager of civil services, John Truman, said the change was consistent with the adopted CBD parking review.

“The council is trying to put shorter-stay visitors in the busier areas of the CBD,” Mr Truman said.

“The minor change to one block of Tamar Street was implemented last week.

“The council will continue to monitor the parking situation in that area.”

Dr Keir said the previous parking signs were removed on Wednesday last week and that council officers started fining people the next day.

“When our staff came to work they didn't think to check the signs and some of them were fined $81,” he said.

“As you can guess this is a large and unaffordable imposition for many workers, especially for part-time and casual staff.”

Dr Keir said the nearest all-day parking was in an unlit area.

He is worried his workers will be forced to walk to their cars in the dark once winter arrives.

“It's a danger to staff. It's also an inconvenience to patients, because a procedure at the clinic might take more than two hours,” he said.

Dr Keir said the council had treated businesses and ratepayers 'with contempt'.

“This covert and hasty decision needs to be reconsidered and an apology needs to be issued,” he said.



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