Business forced to move due to CBD parking issues
PARKING issues in the CBD have got to such a state that one business has been forced to relocate.
The loss of car parks, street closures and the council's recent change from a two-hour limit for free centre parking to one-hour have all added up.
Council is holding a special meeting today to discuss what immediate responses are available to deal with issues at the city's parking pressure points.
In the meantime, some businesses are hurting with the CBD's 10 hairdressing businesses in Margaret St feeling the brunt of the lack of parking.
Casey Child from "Styles by Casey" operates from the Inside the Powder Room Hair Studio on Margaret St and said she decided to move in part due to the issue.
She said almost none of her clients could park in the centre car parks after the parking change.
"It's because they're limited to one hour and most people have longer appointments," she said.
"It's really hard to find a park if they want to stay longer than that."
Her business will move to a Thomas St site with dedicated parking.
"It's still central, but it's outside the CBD so there is parking available for our clients onsite," she said.
The Mixx owner Grace Craymer said the combination of fewer car parks, the council's centre parking change and ongoing street closures was having a negative impact.
She is hoping that the council will decide to revert to two-hour centre parking limits at today's special meeting.
She said businesses should have been consulted before the change.
"The first I knew about it was when I drove to work," she said.
"When customers and clients leave and they have a whopping big fine on their cars, they don't want to come back again.
"Customers don't have enough time to shop leisurely.
"People are afraid of coming to the CBD and are voting with their feet.
"A lack of car parks is why businesses don't want to put shops in the CBD any more," Ms Craymer said.
The council introduced the change to centre parking times, citing a need to "boost retail turnover in the city" and some businesses had benefited.
It recently announced the start of a parking education campaign.
The region's councillors will consider a number of matters at today's meeting including a special survey of businesses, CBD customers and workers.