22 June 2018
CITY OF SYDNEY URGED TO TURN OFF PARKING METERS AFTER 7PM
Liberal Councillor Christine Forster is calling on the City of Sydney to turn off parking meters in popular high streets from 7pm, seven days a week.
“The City of Sydney has more than $630 million in the bank and collects almost $40 million of parking meter income every year. We can afford to turn the meters off for a few hours every night, sending a strong signal to visitors and the venues they want to patronise that the City is open for business into the evening,” Councillor Forster said.
The City of Sydney recently conducted a late night review which showed our residents, businesses and visitors very strongly support extended trading hours and a diverse evening economy.
“It’s now time to end the talk and take some real action to achieve those outcomes. What better way to do that than to turn off the parking meters, making it easier for customers to frequent our inner city businesses after 7pm.
“Inner West Council recently turned off parking meters from 7pm in Norton Street, Leichhardt and Darling Street in Balmain and Rozelle, and the City of Sydney should follow suit or its businesses risk losing patronage to these nearby areas. If the Lord Mayor is genuine about making a real difference for local businesses, she should support my proposal,” Councillor Forster added.
The suggested high streets in Councillor Forster’s proposal include Oxford Street, Darlinghurst; Harris Street, Pyrmont; Crown Street, Surry Hills; Glebe Point Road, Glebe; and King Street, Newtown.
The proposal will be debated at this Monday night’s Council meeting.