What an act of bastardry is paid parking in Byron Bay.
I can put up with the crappy roads, the grid lock traffic, the ‘we’ve given up’ look about the place but little did I realise the horror paid parking was going to be.
I now add $3 to the cost of my daily newspaper and my coffee has just gone from $4.50 to $7.50 once I add in the parking.
And a favourite pastime of browsing the bookshop is limited to an hour and charged accordingly.
I didn’t think anything or anyone could upset my love of Byron but our mighty council is doing just that.
Interestingly I went to Ballina today and drove on good roads, enjoyed a revitalised main shopping strip, grabbed a great coffee at the Lighthouse Cafe – and didn’t pay parking anywhere! Maybe Byron Council should visit Ballina and see how it’s done?
Ross McGregor, Newrybar