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Waverley Council considers parking changes

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May 14, 2018

 The results of community consultation on a major review of parking proposed by Waverley Mayor John Wakefield, will be put to Council's next meeting on Tuesday 15 May.
 
The community was consulted on six proposals: 
 
? Removing the fee for the first residential parking permit  ? Providing a free beach parking permit for residents  ? Turning off all parking meters in Bondi Junction after 6pm ? Turning off all parking meters in Bondi Beach after 7pm ? 15-minute free parking in meter zone ? 15-minutes free ‘drop in’ zones near/in local shopping strips. 
 
Extensive community consultation took place in April 2018, including a phone and online survey, with a comprehensive information guide published online to help residents understand the benefits, impacts and cost implications for each proposal.
 
Mayor Wakefield said this was a new approach to parking where residents came first.
 
“Parking is the biggest single issue for many residents and these results show the community has a great understanding of the many complex issues surrounding parking in Waverley.
 
“This is really the first time we have gone out to the community and asked residents what we should change to make their daily lives easier.
 
 “I am pleased the community feedback shows strong support for many of the proposals, three of which will be recommended at Council next Tuesday,” he said.
 
If approved by Council, the meters will be turned off in Bondi Junction after 6pm, the fee for the first residential parking permit will be removed and 15 minute free ‘drop in’ zones will be implemented in selected areas close to local shopping strips.
The remaining three proposals have a significant financial impact or received less support from the community, with 55% of existing beach permit holders opposed to the removal of the permit fee.

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