ELDERLY shoppers at the Summer Centre who don’t qualify for a disabled parking permit have the added convenience of three parking spaces outside the front entrance.
But unlike the two dedicated disabled car spaces in the 278-space car park, the three spaces dedicated to the elderly and three spaces for parents with prams do not carry the risk of a $496 fine for drivers that do not fit the criteria.
Supa IGA owner Ian Ashcroft does not believe the lack of enforcement for the designated parking will be a problem.
“I don’t think people avoid parking in [disabled spaces] because of the fines, I think it’s about respect,” he said.
“But there is always the odd one.”
The centre’s developer Primespace Property CEO Anthony McDonald said the time limit for the car park was yet to be finalised but signs would soon be installed.
“We’re talking to council about sending their officers through to monitor the parking,” he said.
“It was a requirement of council to have designated spaces for the elderly and mums and dads with prams. We want to make it easy as possible.”
He said most of the car park was likely to be two-hour parking, but there were plans for a small number of four-hour spaces to cater for customers of the hair salon opening in the centre.
In the decades Mr Ascroft has owned his Peisley Street store he has never once had to ask a non-permit holder to move out of a disabled space.
“I have great faith in people,” he said.
“99 per cent of the population understands especially in Orange and the country.”