Paul McCarthy, Byron Bay
Mr Richardson insists that paid parking has been beneficial to Byron Bay locals. In 2004 the council agenda review of coupon paid parking trail – ITEM 10 states that Council reconfirms its commitment to quarantining income from paid parking to finance traffic, parking and other infrastructure needs within the Byron Bay town centre and environs. Council then put parking, meters in Byron Bay stating that all money from the parking meters would be spent in Byron Bay.
Later Bangalow and Brunswick Heads were offered the same deal with money from parking meters to be spent in their town if they accepted parking meters.
Council receives approximately $1.6 million in parking fines and $550,000 in parking exemptions per year which go into Council coffers and $1.4 million in parking meter fees from the Byron Bay CBD.
I have made several enquiries to Council about where the parking money was being spent in Byron Bay. To my surprise after my last enquiry at the next Council meeting a vote was taken to give Byron Bay half the money put into the parking meters with the other half to be spent elsewhere.
This year for example funding was provided for Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, and Mullumbimby town masterplans while Byron Bay locals missed out again and continue to dodge potholes in the CBD and many other roads in Byron Bay.
Paid parking started in Byron Bay with good intentions in 2004 but our Council has failed to deliver the promised allocated money. What happened to a fair go for Byron Bay?