Shoppers missing out on car parks
LISMORE retailer David Hudson is hot under the collar about the parking situation in the CBD on Saturday mornings.
Other business owners and their staff were “stealing” customer parking spaces, said Mr Hudson, who owns The Cosmetic Shop in Woodlark Street.
The other retailers were occupying more than 20 car spaces between Molesworth and Keen streets for much of the day every Saturday, making it difficult for customers to find a park, he said.
“The situation has reached epidemic proportions, as council has failed to police parking on Saturdays for more than five years.
“Why would you bother opening for a stocktake sale on the Saturday if customer parking is being stolen by other businesses and their employees?” he asked.
Mr Hudson arrives in town early every morning and parks under the bridge at the end of Woodlark Street.
He wants other business owners to show the same respect for their fellow traders – or for Lismore City Council to get tough.
“Byron Bay is to install parking meters. It made me wonder what we’re doing here.
“If we had a parking inspector on for Saturday mornings, it could raise as much as $4000. That would help to fill in a few pot-holes.”
“How about a fair go for all? It used to be the Australian way.”
Peter Jeuken, Lismore City Council’s development and compliance manager, said a few members of the business community had expressed similar concerns.
The council was planning to meet with them for discussions, he said.
CBD businesses had been supplied with information about the long-term parking available at the Hensley, Fredricks and Crowther carparks.
As to parking inspections, Mr Jeuken said it would not be “appropriate to disclose the exact schedule of the patrols”.
People who didn’t comply with parking restrictions indicated by signage “would always run the risk of being fined by any authorised officer at any time”, he said.