BUSINESS owners petitioning against parking restrictions. Pictured are business locals, from left, Rob Bass, Karl Walton, Yoav Gottlieb Mashiach, Carol Gwatking and Pheonix Edwards.
BUSINESS owners petitioning against parking restrictions. Pictured are business locals, from left, Rob Bass, Karl Walton, Yoav Gottlieb Mashiach, Carol Gwatking and Pheonix Edwards. MEGAN KINNINMENT

Battle brewing over crackdown on car parks

BYRON Bay business operators say they will protest against a parking crackdown initiated by Byron Shire Council on Monday.

The council's manager of governance, Ralph James, has issued a letter reminding resident coupon owners that residents' coupons allow a maximum of four hours continuous parking in council car parks, and after that cars must be moved.

"Council's rangers and parking officers will be issuing penalty notices where vehicles are found without the valid coupons displayed," Mr James wrote.

Business owners in the Byron Bay CBD say they had previously parked without penalty, and now fear they will have to leave shops unattended to move their cars.

The group told the Byron Shire News they would petition the council for longer parking for workers.

They say many businesses are sole operators who can't afford to close shop and move their cars, and that workers' safety at night must be considered.



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