Enough parking for CBDs: study

A STUDY into Warwick and Stanthorpe's car parking situation revealed there is enough parking in the CBD areas, if motorists know where to look.

Earlier this year the Southern Downs Regional Council hired Osborn Lane Consultant Engineers to review the major car parking areas in the two CBDs and to develop a long-term plan.

Peter Osborn said it was a simple process.

"We divided the two towns into various studies and counted the parking vacancies from 6am-8pm on weekdays and 8am-2pm on Saturday," he said.

The survey highlighted Dragon St as one of the busiest as well as the Southern Downs Council car park and the Rose City Shoppingworld car park.

Eleven o'clock was noted as being the hardest time to find a car park in the CBD.

Mr Osborn said Percy St had a low occupancy.

"There are parks if people are willing to go a bit further and walk 50m," he said.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said the study showed there was adequate parking.

"In Warwick during peak times, the under-utilised car parking in Acacia Ave, which is less than a block from the CBD, will more than adequately meet demand," he added.

"Council will look to better signage for the Acacia Ave car parks to raise awareness of the availability of parking in this area."

The council will also consider the possible development of vacant sites adjacent to existing car parks in Warwick should there be a demand in future years to warrant this.

The report also indicated that there was capacity for growth to meet future demand in Stanthorpe.

"Council will now need to consider the issues raised in the report and will also need to make a decision primarily around the regulation of parking into the future," the mayor said.

"Council will consult with the community prior to any changes being made, with the outcomes of that consultation to inform Council's decision," the mayor said.

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