PEOPLE will be able to park in Horsham’s central business district for a dollar a day under trial changes to parking restrictions.
Horsham Rural City Council adopted the trial changes recommended by the independent Horsham Parking Consultative and Advisory Committee following a two-week survey of the city’s parking bays.
People will be able to park in the second, third and fourth sections in the centre of McLachlan Street, west of Firebrace Street, for up to 10 hours.
The metered carparks will cost 10 cents an hour from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to noon on Saturday.
The change will affect 16 two-hour parking bays and eight four-hour bays.
Thirteen bays in the first and second sections of centre Hamilton Street, west of Firebrace Street, will change from two-hour metered parking to 10-hour metered parking.
The parks will also cost 10 cents an hour.
Other changes include unlimited parking in the last 16 one-hour bays of Wilson Street east, adjacent to Bunnings on the north side.
The last 10 one-hour metered parking bays on the south side of Wilson Street west, from number 85 to 89 will change to two-hour unmetered parking bays.
Cr Mark Radford said he was pleased to see the committee addressing the city’s parking needs.
“Our parking man, Mr Rudolph, has been around and he can tell simply by finding out how much money is in a meter over a period of time how much a meter is used,” he said.
“It doesn’t take much science to work out which ones aren’t being used.
“There are some great opportunities for all-day parking within the CBD for a dollar a day, using the centre of the road parking in McLachlan Street and some in Hamilton Street.”
Cr Radford said the survey showed parks outside Bunnings were also under-used.
“Certainly there might be some opportunity down the road to put some sort of meter in there so that some fee can be paid but, in the short-term, it will be free parking,” he said.
Cr Radford also welcomed the committee’s motion to display Horsham’s parking options on council’s website.
“I think that’s really important, particularly in the CBD where parking is often a subject of discussion,” he said.
“I think it’s also important to realise what the parking committee is doing.
“It is working through the city’s parking issues and addressing the needs as they come up.”
The Horsham Parking Consultative and Advisory Committee will review the changes at the end of June.