No where to park at Torquay
CLIVE Brooke is frustrated.
The Torquay grocer, who manages the IGA X-Press store on Bideford Street, is sick of seeing cars parked outside his store for days in what is meant to be a two-hour parking zone – and he wants the Fraser Coast Regional Council to police the area regularly to make sure people are fined if they do not move on.
“The car parking in the Torquay shopping area has been a problem for a long time and appears to be getting worse,” he said.
“Petitions and numerous requests have been made without any success for a parking officer to be appointed to patrol the regulated area.”
Andrew Gaze, executive manager of environmental health and regulation for the council, said the council had received complaints about drivers overstaying the allotted time in regulated spaces.
“Whenever the council receives complaints it investigates.
“We would urge drivers to be community minded and share the facilities and not overstay in the car parks,” he said.
Mr Gaze said the council would soon be reviewing the existing local laws of the four former councils to devise one set of local parking laws that will apply across the region.
“Once a draft set of local laws has been developed they will go on public exhibition for comment.”
Mr Brooke said residents and tourists were being denied reasonable parking access to the area because people sometimes remained parked in the two-hour zone for up to eight hours.
Mr Brooke once noticed a car parked in the same spot for five days.
“Most car parks should turn over at least six to eight times a day, so a car parked for eight hours has denied six to eight businesses potential customers,” he said.
“There is ample parking in Freshwater Street for any long-term parking that is more than the council’s regulated two hours.
“Businesses pay good rent and rates for the privilege to trade in the Torquay area and at present are denied reasonable access for their customers to shop.”