This is a hot issue that The Beaufort Street Network is addressing. The lack of car parking and car parking fees has become a huge concern for both local residents and retailers. The Beaufort Street Network has sought to take a cooperative approach with all our members, to resolve potential conflicts over parking and seeking better solutions to this problem.
The Beaufort Street Network organised a community forum in October last year, which saw a concerned crowd of 60 people attend. Key anxieties raised at this forum included:
- The introduction of full paid parking across the Beaufort Street precinct with none or very limited free parking options. Retailers were very concerned this was affecting patronage of local shops and preventing customers from stopping in for a quick coffee or other items;
- A lack of parking generally for visitors and customers to Beaufort Street;
- A lack of off street parking for residents, as a result of increase patronage to Beaufort Street and lack of policing of illegal car parking by City workers using it as an all day commuter stop and park point.
The Beaufort Street Network has welcomed moves by the new Mayor and City of Vincent Council to alleviate these problems by
- Constructing new angled car parking bays increasing the overall number of bays available and
- The introduction of more one hour free parking and 15 minute free bays.
The Network is also strongly supportive of a CAT bus service to Beaufort Street, which will ensure easier access to public transport from the city and relieve car use to the precinct. Council is also investigating the possibility of bringing the CAT bus through to the area at night as a link to the train station in an effort to move late night hospitality patrons easily out of the suburb because of the general lack of bus and taxi facilities after 11pm.