Parking infringements could soon attract fines at Grafton Mall.
Parking infringements could soon attract fines at Grafton Mall.

Grafton Mall in push for parking fines

PARKING inspectors will be able to book people for infringements in the Grafton Mall carpark if a recommendation to the Clarence Valley Council is approved.

Today the council environment, planning and works committee will consider a report proposing the council enter into an agreement with the land owners, Grafton Mall Investments Pty Ltd, to regulate parking in the mall grounds.

Section 650 of the Local Government Act allows councils to enter into such an agreement.

The council staff have recommended the council enter into an agreement with the owners and give public notice of the plan for council to regulate the area as free parking.

Under the proposal council parking wardens can issue infringement notices to people exceeding the parking time limit, who do not park correctly in a marked bay and who park illegally in a disabled zone.

The report said the success of council's parking enforcement program had encouraged office workers to use the carpark, leaving their cars longer than two hours. The applicant said genuine shoppers have trouble finding parking places.

The problem is about to become more critical as the applicant is about to create undercover parking for 50 cars. The applicant wants the new regulations in place before construction begins this month.

Issues around who is responsible for signage and staff parking have not been finalised.

Under the proposed agreement the 157 parking spots in the mall become part of Grafton CBD car parking capability.

Should approval be given the council will increase revenue from parking infringement notices, although it does expose itself to some legal risks.



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