Natasha Hill, Burleigh
Natasha Hill, Burleigh

Meter mayhem



NEW parking meters with limited instructions and higher prices have been installed in Burleigh's business district causing anger and frustration for shoppers and shopkeepers.

Instead of having a meter for every car space, the 'pay and display' meters are spread along the street, with drivers required to locate a meter, then display a ticket on their dashboard to avoid a fine.

Division 12 councillor Greg Betts said the idea was to get "more business to Burleigh" with the parking meters designed to get people to move on more efficiently, leaving space for more shoppers to park.

The Mail took to Burleigh's main strip, James Street, to ask shoppers their opinion.

Brooke Martinez, Burleigh: "It's a huge inconvenience. The old ones are way better and James Street is used to the old style of parking meters and these ones, nobody knows what to do with them. For instance, the other parking meters were straight in front of the car, so people who are disabled or injured have to walk half way down the street and back to get to the parking meter which is just ridiculous."

Lisa Johnson, Tweed Heads: "I was parked there for half an hour and I didn't even know we had to buy a voucher and then someone told me I'd better do it, so I bought one. I only saw someone going up to the machines, if I didn't see them I wouldn't have known because I was only looking at the shops. I don't think you should have to pay at all, it's a street for crying out loud."

Zane Williams, Burleigh: "I've lived here for 25 years and these things here have been the biggest pains in neck. I saw five people getting booked last week for no tickets in the windows and it was because the ticket machine didn't work. It's a real pain for businesses because my parents own a business in Burleigh and they used to bank down here but they won't anymore."

Natasha Hill, Burleigh: "I work right here in the centre and it's a pain because I have to park right up at the top of the hill, and that's if I'm lucky enough to get a park. So I have to walk a kilometre to get to work."



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