The City of Subiaco has come under fire from local businesses who claim to have no idea about imminent changes to Hay Street parking limits.
Businesses, most of them small and family-run operations, located up and down Hay Street told Inside Cover they had no idea about the changes that are set to take place outside their shop fronts.
Any visitor to Subi these days – all three of you – will know the majority of parking from Townshend Road to the Rokeby Road intersection is free for an hour, 8am to 6pm Monday to Sunday.
That’s set to be cut back by the bureaucratic brains trust to just 30 minutes.
Clearly no one on the council has ever ordered a coffee, had a manicure, done a pilates class, organised a funeral or enjoyed unwinding after a long day of paper pushing with a mini Montecristo.
All activities one simply could not squeeze into a 30-minute time frame in Perth.
While signage up and down the once jumping strip still indicates hour long parking, online tells a different story.
On the council’s website, the changes have already been made with a map of Hay Street showing parking is now either 30 minutes or non-existent.
Business owners are worried. IC contacted LAFit, Prosser Scott Funerals, Devlin’s Cigars and Glamour Nail Bar and all had not been told about the new rules.
“I thought they were trying to get more people into Subi?” a Devlin’s cigar client liaison asked while scratching her head.
“This is terrible for us, especially the business we are in,” a spokeswomen for Prosser Scott said.
“You’re joking? This, as well as the ridiculously high rents we pay while a lot of shops around here are vacant, is a disaster,” another business owner said.
City of Subiaco chief executive Rochelle Lavery said the changes were signed off by council in October last year — apparently to make the zones more consistent with Shokeby Road.
“The plan aims to make parking consistent across the town centre and is based on feedback from local workers, business owners, residents and visitors to the city,” Ms Lavery told IC.
“The 30 minute time controls in the main streets are designed to encourage vehicle turnover, giving shoppers and visitors access to businesses. Longer term parking is available in any number of our off-street car parks and also in privately-owned car parks.”
Visitors and workers of the area would be aware the parking inspectors around that area are as ubiquitous as a soon-to-be mother-in-law during wedding planning. They also dish out tickets like she does backhanded compliments.
But Ms Lavery said the council, who is also now in the midst of hiring a new communications and engagement manager, had not executed the changes. Yet.
“The plan is being rolled out in phases and the changes for Hay Street have not yet been implemented.”