Parking limits to be halved
By PETER CATON
PARKING limits in most of the main streets of Murwillumbah are to be halved from two hours to one.
Tweed Shire Council administrators gave the green light to the shorter time limits on Wednesday after years of opposition to the move from shoppers and shopkeepers.
A slump in business during recent major drainage works, which has discouraged shoppers and limited parking, convinced the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber to back the move.
Signs enforcing the new limits are expected to be erected next week and will remain until drainage works are completed along Proudfoots Lane, through the heart of the town over the next two months, and along the main street later this year.
Business chamber president Phil Youngblutt said his organisation had backed the shorter limits despite previous opposition because something had to be done to encourage shoppers back into the town.
Major drainage works which had closed off part of Wharf Street and Commercial Road over the last two months, he said, had "really damaged" businesses.
He hoped further work in the main street later in the year could be done at nighttime to limit the impact.
And he said the shorter time limit could always be changed back if it did not work.
"If people can't get a park, they won't stop in the town," he said. "The only way to bet more parks is to restrict the parking time to one hour".
Longer term parking is available on the edges of the CBD.