Council will decide in the next few months whether to hire someone to do parking patrols in the CBD.
Council will decide in the next few months whether to hire someone to do parking patrols in the CBD.

CBD parking crackdown

THE Rose City could be set to have a parking inspector patrolling the CBD three days a week if the draft Planning and Environment budget is adopted as-is in July.

At the Southern Downs Regional Council general meeting yesterday in Warwick, councillors discussed the possibility of having someone to patrol the main street to try and deter serial offenders who are parking in the two and four-hour parks all day.

While Cr Mally McMurtrie requested council contact the Warwick Chamber of Commerce and ask them to send a letter to members encouraging them to obey the parking limits, Mayor Ron Bellingham said that would not work.

“Bluntly, it won’t work. Been there, done that,” he said at the meeting.

“Everyone knows ... anyone that has a business in the main street will tell you who is not complying.

“At the end of the day, appropriate patrolling at an irregular basis is what’s needed.”

Planning and Environment director Ken Harris told the Daily News he would allocate $30,000 in the draft budget for his department to hire a person on-contract three days a week to do parking patrols in the CBD.

However he said during council budget deliberations that could be increased, decreased or scrapped altogether.

“We do have someone doing patrols currently but unfortunately it’s not on a very frequent basis, the same officer is also responsible for dog patrols,” Mr Harris said.

The current fine for parking longer than a sign indicates is $20 but Mr Harris said from previous experience, monies recovered from fines went nowhere near covering costs of staff labour.

“It’s trying to find that balance between not upsetting people needing to park in the main street but making sure spaces regularly turn over ... we’re trying to find that happy balance between those two competing interests,” he said.



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