Lost parking concerns businesses
REACTION to the introduction of front-in parking at Byron Bay has been mixed with the loss of parking spaces a major concern.
The town’s peak business body, Byron United, says 60 spaces were lost in the switch last Tuesday week from rear-to-kerb parking and it will have a negative impact on CBD businesses.
Byron United president EdAhern said Byron United would write to Byron Shire Council’s general manager, Graeme Faulkner, and ask where the council was going to provide parking to replace the 60 lost spaces.
He said multiply the $57,000 developers were required to pay per parking space in the town by 60 and it came to almost $3.5 million – money the council should provide to build a new car parking area.
Mr Ahern suggested the council should look at the Butler Street Reserve to provide the extra parking close to the CBD.
Parking spaces outside the Wash House Laundry in Marvell Street, near the Jonson Street junction, have been cut from five to three.
Owner Bob Evans described the outcome as ‘terrible’.
“It’s unreal. Look how much waste there is,” he said.
“At the end of the day none of our clients can pull up to drop off laundry.
“They have to drive around the block and find somewhere to park and drag it (laundry) back here.”
However, Byron Council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said he was unaware how Byron United had come to the conclusion that 60-plus spaces had been lost.
Mr Holloway said line marking was not completed and staff were working in the early hours of the morning undertaking further line marking.
“An additional one to two car spaces are currently being line marked at the end of each block and these works will be completed over the next two weeks,” he said.
Mr Holloway said feedback from council rangers out on the streets was that the community and visitors were having no difficulty with the changes.