Taylor lays it on the line over parking

LINED parking spaces like those in Lords Place could be seen in more streets as part of changed parking conditions for the central business district to be revealed by the end of the month.

Council staff will present the findings of a parking study to councillors at a briefing next week before the results are made public.

Councillor Glenn Taylor hopes the rollout of more lined parking spaces to maximise the spaces available will be one of the recommendations, but admits long term more parking spaces are needed.

“We can talk about multi-storey parking, but we need to maximise what we’ve got,” he said.

Development services director David Waddell said councillors will be able to make changes to the parking policy before it is released for public comment.

“People should anticipate new technology coming to Orange,” he said.

“We’ll have a whole review of time zones ... and the way we do things across the whole CBD including [parking] contributions.”

At Tuesday’s council meeting councillor Ron Gander said it was “immoral” drivers were fined $110 for having their car’s tyre on the line in Lords Place.

Cr Taylor agreed, but wants the “successful” trail of the lined parking spaces extended to other busy CBD streets like Anson Street between Byng and Summer streets.

“People might say it’s hard to see the lines ... I definitely don’t want people booked for parking on the line,” he said.

“[But] if they’re parked straddled over the lines they probably deserve a fine.”

Cr Taylor also wants the tree guards removed from Lords Place to free up parking spaces and hopes council will continue to lobby the state government to adopt Queensland’s colour-coded disabled parking system with different sized parking spaces to create more.

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