ANGRY: Store owners Jason Hunt, Ricci Lucas and Stuart Pascoe want the meters gone.
ANGRY: Store owners Jason Hunt, Ricci Lucas and Stuart Pascoe want the meters gone. Patrick Woods

Scrap them: Businesses say we should ditch parking meters

CALOUNDRA businesses have vented their frustrations over the Bulcock St parking meters.

Owner of Pinnacle Collectables Stuart Pascoe slammed the meters, saying they were steering shoppers to other areas.

"It drives me nuts," he said.

"A perfect example: I had a gentlemen nearly buy a watch the other day, but his wife panicked about the meter running out and they left."

He said the street had become completely impractical, saying the best solution would be to turn Bulcock St into a marketplace-style street, with one-way traffic and nose-in parking, to alleviate congestion and entice shoppers.

"Get rid of those bloody meters. That's absolute. They're not helping anyone," Mr Pascoe said.

"This street has not got the appeal it should have."

ALP candidate for Caloundra Jason Hunt said businesses weren't suggesting open slather, but rather a return to the two-hour parking limits, as the meters, touted as a revenue stream for the area, were having the opposite effect.

"It's driving people away from the main street. It stops people from doing the little 20-minute 'stop-and-shops'," the 42-year Caloundra resident said.

"I have no idea why Caloundra ended up with parking meters. It (Caloundra, Landsborough and surrounds) actually requires more assistance, not handicaps as such (like parking meters)."

Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Events chairman Bill Darby said the group was conducting studies to evaluate the pros and cons of the parking meters before they formed a definitive view.

He said of most concern was the inequality of the situation, with Caloundra subject to parking meters while the rest of the Coast's hubs were not.

"We want to see a consistent, regional approach to paid parking across the Coast," he said. "The disparity is actually the problem."



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