Council plans toimprove parking

The signs aren’t good: Robyn Byrne is fed up with inadequate parking in the Tamworth CBD.Photo: Robert ChappelA TAMWORTH woman is calling for a major rethink on CBD parking restrictions, saying current parking provisions do little to accommodate the needs of office workers.
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Frustrated at inadequate parking on offer for city centre office workers, Robyn Byrne has written to the Tamworth Regional Council in an effort to to improve parking facilities.

A shortage of all-day parking for those who worked nine-to-five jobs was the key sticking point which drew her ire.

“The lack of long-term, accessible parking in the CBD is an outrage,” Ms Byrne said.

“Parking has always been a dilemma, I just can’t believe the council has still done nothing about it.”

Ms Byrne also said all day parking in Gipps St was unsuitable, with a lack of lighting and police patrols making it unsafe to walk to car parks at night.

“You wouldn’t walk through Bicentennial Park at night in a pink fit! It’s just too dangerous, especially if you are alone,” she said.

But Ms Byrne is not simply taking a swipe at the council over the lack of acceptable parking, she has made a number of suggestions about how existing parking could be improved.

“People who work in the CBD should be given authorised parking stickers like you see in Sydney, because it would ensure they always have access to parks in the CBD.

Tamworth Regional Council roads and drainage manager Bruce Logan said the council was investigating ways in which CBD parking could be improved and Ms Byrnes complaints would be duly

considered.

“It is our intention to conduct a review of parking in the library/art gallery car park to see if there is any way we could better balance CBD parking,” Mr Logan said.

The council was also looking to expand current parking facilities in the CBD but these plans would require an increase in funding.

“We are looking to upgrade a grass area behind the old Parry Shire building to increase parking areas but those plans are entirely dependent on funding,” Mr Logan said.

Mr Logan also identified improvements to street lighting in Kable Ave as a possible way to increase safe parking areas in the CBD.

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