MURWILLUMBAH business owner Janene Benard is keen to give the boot to one-hour parking trials.
MURWILLUMBAH business owner Janene Benard is keen to give the boot to one-hour parking trials.

Parking limits ?on the nose

By PETER CATON

CENTRAL Murwillumbah shops are feeling the pinch of new one-hour parking limits.

Some stores say business has been slashed since parking limits in central streets were halved nearly a month ago.

And some business operators have called for an end to the trial period with a return to two hour parking.

Others however say the trial needs more time, with customers slowly becoming educated about the need to create more available parking spots.

GJ Shoes proprietor Janine Benard wants the new limits given the boot.

She said the restrictions had not only scared away customers, but was making life difficult for shoe company representatives bringing samples to her door.

"We are just really unhappy about it," she said.

"Our figures are way down.

"People come in to try on a pair of shoes and they say they can't stay long because they are in a one-hour park.

"People can drive up to Tweed and shop all day and have lunch and have a chat. You can't do that here.

"You can't go and buy a dress then come and match it up with a pair of shoes in an hour."

The parking limits, she said, also made it difficult to buy stock which took more than an hour, with shoe company sales-reps unable to find suitble parking close by.

"Does the council expect them to carry five suitcases of shoes from Knox Park or the railway station?" she asked.



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