One of the clear issues that plague Byron Shire Council is the lack of objective measures in decision making.
Council GM’s recent response to paid parking is a case in point.
I refer to the comment that the decision to have a 400 per cent increase in residential parking permits on grounds that ‘the $25 pa voucher scheme has a low take up by residents and is unrealistically low by any standards’.
Firstly, what standards does he refer to as being ‘unrealistic’?
The comparison to Sydney has been made on a number of occasions. The City of Sydney residential parking permit is as low as $6 for pensioners and $25 for green star rated vehicles.
Paul Gannon in his recent letter to the Byron Shire Echo cited examples of other locations in Sydney offering residents free residential parking.
What objectivity went into setting this fee when a low take up normally reflects a barrier to affordability and not necessarily value?
The reality is that more residents are going to be fined and the council’s legal costs for compliance will go up.
I like many others have been fined for over-parking with a permit while on all-day volunteer surf patrol on four occasions.
A decision to proceed while ignoring salient facts is bad governance.