Byron Shire Council has announced it will not be implementing paid parking in Bangalow on 1 January 2018.
Instead new parking time limits will be introduced in the Bangalow CBD and monitored for 12 months.
Acting general manager Mark Arnold said councillors had voted not to implement paid parking in January next year saying they wanted to see the results of a 12-month trial of the impact of changes to parking time limits.
“Today’s vote replaces the previous resolution made at the meeting in August 2017,’ he said.
The decision to conduct a trial followed a rally last Saturday organised by the Bungalow Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Greens MP Tamara Smith.
Ms Smith had urged the council to conduct a trial instead of introducing paid parking, and it seems that the message got through to councillors.
The resolution from yesterday’s meeting will see one hour parking in Byron Street and part of Station Street and two hour parking in the remainder of Station Street for a period of 12 months. These parking time limits will be reviewed during the trial.
Mr Arnold said the council would employ a range of measures during 2018 including number plate recognition technology to monitor parking demands, the length of time people are staying and the number of infringements incurred by people staying over the time limit.
He said the information would allow the council to determine where the majority of people parking in Bangalow were from, for example from Queensland, or other parts of NSW such as the Northern Rivers region.
‘This information will be used to see if the changes to time limits have improved the turnover of parking in Bangalow over a 12-month period,’ he said.
‘Any future time limit changes or additional traffic management strategies, such as pay parking, will be informed by the results of the trial.
‘After 12-months a report containing the findings from the trial will be prepared for the consideration of the council.’
New signs with information about the parking times will be installed in early 2018.