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HOPING FOR A FREO COUNCIL LUCID PARKING MOMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking by freoview on July 8, 2017

 

While reading the agenda for the upcoming City of Fremantle FPOL Committee meeting on Wednesday I thought that we should never take the sanity of governments for granted and that we can only hope our elected members have more lucid moments than bad ones.

Parking is one of the most controversial subjects in Fremantle. Some claim it is too expensive, others that there are not enough parking bays, etc.

So why on earth would Fremantle Council even want to consider making changes to the residential parking permits, in a time where traders are struggling and where inner city development will make life much harder for them for the next three years? It is absolute pure idiotic madness, conceived by people who are clearly bored shitless and have too much time on their hands, so they come up with crap ideas!

The agenda item proposes that we no longer can park for free as residents (with the appropriate permit) on the streets before 11am and after 3pm on weekdays, but will only be allowed to do that in CoF carparks, and only till 10am. And we can do that seven days a week.

Many shops in Fremantle only open at 10am and many people do their food shopping before 11am or after 3pm in streets closest to the shops they frequent, but would now have to find a city carpark in the vicinity and hoping there are vacant bays.

For example when I want to have my morning coffee at the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street, where I normally park straight in front, I would in future have to find a Fremantle City carpark and walk all the way to the cafe, where I will only be for half an hour. It won’t be worth the effort, so the M&M will miss out on my patronage.

Here part of the agenda item:

The City provides residents with a free parking permit that allows them to park without charge in Fremantle’s city centre, in certain locations and at certain times. Currently there are 6 761 permits issued by the City, which is approximately one permit for every second household.

Officers have reviewed the current permit conditions and consider them to be overly complicated and difficult to communicate to residents (see attachment). This report recommends adjusting the permits for the purpose of:

  •   simplifying them so that they are easier to understand
  •   providing a greater number of hours of free parking for residents
  •   aligning more closely with the City’s Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS).This report recommends that council approve the new conditions for the residents’ free parking permits, to take effect from 1 December 2017.

 

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on July 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Yes that is correct Darran.

    Very bad timing to start that during massive construction works in the CBD. Madness really!

    Roel

  2. Darran said, on July 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Roel … CoF is considering putting a stop to ALL ON-STREET FREE PARKING for residents with permit stickers.

  3. freoview said, on July 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    No Pete it does not mean that at all! It is about inner city parking with a resident parking permit before 11 am and after 3 pm on weekdays on the streets.

    Roel

  4. Pete said, on July 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Oh Tom Griffiths how could you ! Does this mean inner city residents and ratepayers (some without a car bay) cannot park on-street for free at any time ?
    If so, thank you for letting us know before the election.

  5. kel said, on July 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Tom Griffiths “valid only for City of Ftremantle managed off street car parks”

    Coud I suggest that the City has already sold off most of our inner city carparks to developers and those few that are left could end up the same way (sold) or even handed/given/passed over to the likes of Wilson Parking and eventually cancel out this offer they have proposed in the Agenda.

    Please City of Fremantle stop this rot.

  6. kel said, on July 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Mister Tom Griffiths.

    Well done you and your City of Fremantle have once again not only put a recommendation to Council on this coming wednesday night that will give a kick in the guts to the residents and ratepayers of Fremantle but slipped it into the agenda last friday night without giving us the opportunity of a public notification and call for Submissions.

    How dare you treat us as send class Citizens! We pay your wages mate.Yes we as ratepayers not the out of town visitors. We who live, shop and visit the inner centre of our beautiful City and support our struggling businesses.Some on a daily basis.

    Please do not refer to the Citys three Inner City Strategic Plans that were produced by Fremantle City preferred Consultant CODA as a reason for this change.It will not cut the cake.

    We want to be able to drive in from the suburbs and park for a short period on the HIGH STREETS of Fremanle and enjoy a short walk, the vibe and not be shoved out to the fringes of the City then eventually loose interest in ever coming in at all.

    Brad Pettit and City of Fremantle Councillors, you must stand up for your constituents and reject this proposal on wednesday night! They all live in YOUR suburbs.

    Its not broke so don`t fix it!.Leave it as it is. We have been dudded enough by this Council.

    Roll on Mayoral and 6 Councillor elections results in October.

  7. freoview said, on July 10, 2017 at 11:37 am

    It is a terrible idea Tom, in light of the Kings Square and other CBD development.
    The tradies will need all day parking from 6.30am till around 3.30pm and will most likely occupy most of the car bays in the carparks, because it is more convenient than having to restock street parking meters every two hours, and that is illegal anyway. They will be there Monday, including Saturdays.
    Also, why change the 11am to 10 am in the morning?

    It might have been an o.k. idea in three years, after Kings Square is on-line, but right now it is mind blowing that it even comes to Council as a proposal.

    Roel

  8. Tom Griffiths, City of Fremantle said, on July 10, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hi Roel, just to clarify – the report recommends EXPANDING the free residents parking permits in a way that will provide residents with access to a greater number of bays (i.e. all CoF off-street car parks). As well as the free parking until 10am, residents also get free parking from 3pm onwards (no time restrictions). Please see the recommendation on page 47 of the FPOL agenda:

    ‘This permit exempts the holder from the payment of parking fees for City of Fremantle managed car parks during the following times only
    (including public holidays):
     Monday-Sunday
     valid between the hours of 3.00 pm–10.00 am
     valid only for City of Fremantle managed off-street car parks
     permit holders must at all times abide by the sign-posted maximum stay applicable for individual car parks.’

    Effectively, the report recommends that residents can’t park for free in CoF car parks at peak lunch time periods (10am-3pm) as car parks are well utilised then but they can park for free in CoF car parks at all other times.

  9. Pete said, on July 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I dont have a car bay … So my weekly shopping down at Woolies would involve …
    1. Walk to my car at Council car park
    2. Drive to Woolies
    3. Drive back to find metered street parking near flat to unload shopping
    4. Drive car back to Council car park
    5. Walk back to flat
    6. Bugger – ive forgotten to buy spuds … Walk to my car at Council car park ………………….
    7. Flat for sale in Freo !

  10. freoishome said, on July 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I agree with your point about reducing the free time from 11am to 10am. I think that is ridiculous, for the reasons you state, as well as visiting the Town Hall and Library, which will now be an extra walk away from retail and car parks.

    However, I think it worth considering the switch from free parking on the street to free parking in car parks. The transport strategy favours the use of car parks, than every street remaining a car park. Research informs us that retailers benefit from pedestrians walking past their premises. It is good for business to reduce the number of motorists parking in their favourite parking bay, (worse, them driving round and round until it is vacant) and hence only visiting their favourite cafe, or whatever.

    This might be a very beneficial switch. Certainly worth a trial.

    A fly in the ointment is selling CoF car parks! No free parking in them!

    Paul

  11. Fleurlass said, on July 9, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Clearly the Council is trying to discourage we residents from shopping in Fremantle. The speed humps are a discouragement to begin with, but we are being pushed to shop at Garden City where the parking is free. I try to do all my shopping in Fremantle before 11am or after 3pm but will seriously think about just driving up Leach Highway (without speed humps) to Garden City instead. Why are they trying to punish the shopkeepers in Fremantle who are having a hard time now and it will be even worse when the Kings Square development begins.

  12. Pete said, on July 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    What’s the new story re street parking for residents after 5pm ?
    Also – the current free weekend carpark is down past Munchies on Beach Street – too far away !
    I live in a west end flat without a car bay, so I would like some street parking close to my flat esp after 5pm.
    Roel, I don’t like the sound of all of this !

  13. Lionel said, on July 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Welcome to Utopia

  14. Glen said, on July 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Could not agree more Roel

  15. Sarah Mitchell said, on July 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

    The city of Fremantle should leave the ratepayer parking benefit alone. What they should be doing, however, is rescinding the incredibly generous benefit of letting city employees park for free in city lots.

  16. bigjulie said, on July 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Citizens should just stay in their houses: it would make life a lot easier for administrators!


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