A VACANT lot cleared by Orange City Council three years ago has been considered for all-day parking after parking concerns were raised by councillors.
The mystery of the mayoral parking space was unravelled at the Orange City Council meeting on Tuesday night, with staff confirming they had put the idea forward.
Two weeks ago, the council approved a space for the mayor, but deputy mayor Sam Romano caused reader uproar when he suggested spaces could be left for some, or all 12, councillors.
On Tuesday, councillor Glenn Taylor asked where the idea originated.
"There has to be a succinct answer to this, it didn't come out of thin air - I'm concerned about the flack Cr Romano got over that because he didn't initiate it," he said.
I'm not saying I'm elitist, nor was I saying I'm special or above the community or anybody else.Deputy mayor Sam Romano
Mayor Reg Kidd re-emphasised it did not come from him.
"I don't want a parking spot and I've said that for the last two years," he said.
Cr Romano said he raised the matter because staff had dedicated spaces and councillors did not always know how long their duties would take.
"I'm not saying I'm elitist, nor was I saying I'm special or above the community or anybody else," he said.
Councillors were told senior staff had discussed the removal of the former mayoral space, where the bike rack is now located, and suggested a replacement near the electric car recharge point.
The City of Orange Traffic Committee later resolved for it to be placed next to the bike rack.
In response, Cr Taylor asked for the former CF Williams site to be sealed and allocated for staff parking.
"They can walk across the road and it will free up [space]," he said.
Council chief executive officer David Waddell said the CF Williams site was potentially part of the solution staff were considering to Cr Romano's request a fortnight ago.
"So people who want to park all day in this wider precinct will also have recourse to that," he said.
He said the existing council car park would have time limits reviewed.
Councillors were told the former CF Williams building site was being considered for car parking.
A report will come back to councillors.
The Central Western Daily ran a survey asking readers whether councillors should have dedicated spaces to help them perform their duties and 81 per cent said they should not.
Twelve percent said all 12 should, while the remaining 7 per cent said only a couple of spaces should be allocated.
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