Office workers call for improved car space options

OFFICE workers throughout the Tamworth CBD are crying foul over council parking restrictions they say are forcing them to hunt for parking spaces far from the city centre.
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Several city office workers contacted by The Leader complained the council was doing little to alleviate the problem, with a newly opened parking area in Byrnes Ave failing to satisfy demand.

One office worker complained that timed parking restrictions on inner city car parks in Brisbane St, Kable Ave and the Town Hall car park were doing little more than raising revenue for council.

“I’ve had more than my fair share of tickets, only because you forget to move your car, or you get held up doing something. It’s ridiculous,” she said.

Another office worker said while there were other options further from the city centre, many of the parking alternatives were clogging up roads in residential areas.

“Most of us are forced to park across the other side of the railway lines, but that’s no good. If you don’t get in early enough, you end up parking up near the lookout.

“It’s a residential area and it is going to get to the stage where people who live there can’t even get a park.”

Several office workers also commented parking away from designated car parks was often unsafe, with insufficient lighting and less security.

“There is parking available in Gipps St, but one of our girls had her car broken into only a couple of weeks ago down there, so who wants to park down there?” one office worker said. But staff at the council say they have little reason to believe current parking facilities were causing concern among CBD office workers or shoppers.

Tamworth Regional Council roads and drainage manager Bruce Logan said current parking restrictions were based on a comprehensive review of parking facilities carried out by council.

“A review was carried out not long ago by the traffic committee and from that report council has made a few minor changes to parking in the city,” Mr Logan said.

Mr Logan said the council had not been made aware of any concern by frustrated office workers, but said with current parking restrictions only recently established, there had been little chance to gather feedback.

“At this stage we have had no negative feedback, but this isn’t particularly surprising as these restriction have only been in place for a week,” Mr Logan said.

“Certainly we are willing to have a look at parking restrictions if complaints arise.”

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