Samantha Elley

Paid parking in Bangalow and Brunswick Heads possible

PAID parking in Bangalow and Brunswick Heads is inevitable if the number of residents and tourists continues to increase, according to a Byron Shire councillor.

Byron Shire Council has asked for a further report on a $4 an hour fee for on-street parking and in Council owned car parks, and an increase in the existing off-street parking residents' $25 per year coupon increased to $100 per year approved last month.

Councillor Duncan Dey told The Northern Star he was personally in favour of a sliding scale, with the price of the coupon based on usage, but added he thought "paid parking in other areas will come" if the volume of residents and cars continued to increase.

Councillor Di Woods said it was possible paid parking could be introduced in other parts of the shire "but we would face the same major outcry and objections" as the council is currently facing in Byron Bay.

Mayor Simon Richardson said feedback from the community had indicated that there was confusion and concern on some elements of the paid parking scheme.

"Some of the issues raised include what are the costs for a sliding scheme?  What does an exemption scheme look like in other coastal areas? Could Butler Street Reserve be used for all day parking and options for locals to access?" he said.

"Let's get a few more answers and see how we can get the best outcome for locals and still generate a positive financial return for infrastructure renewal programs."

It is estimated that paid parking has the potential to deliver $2 million a year back to infrastructure.



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