Byron paid parking update

The Byron Shire Council will pre- pare a report on options for paid parking in Byron Bay including the possibility of an extension to the paid parking areas, the use of parking meters and the provision of an all-day parking area for workers.

Councillors and staff held a workshop to discuss the options last week and it was decided that a meeting be arranged to discuss the matter with individuals and organisations who had made sub- missions regarding the paid parking trial.

Council staff will also provide further information regarding the provision of resident parking stickers and the upgrade of town centre safety.

"Paid parking has been consid- ered a successful way of manag- ing traffic and parking in Byron Bay by many residents and sub- missions in support of continuing paid parking were in the majori- ty," Byron mayor Jan Barham said.

"Council has also been made aware of concerns from businesses including the lack of available and safe parking areas for work- ers and will address that in any future parking options.

"It is considered responsible for council to continue paid parking in some format, but will not be able to implement any new plan until next year.

"The need to consult in a fair manner is a priority to avoid un- necessary confusion or impact for businesses and visitors," she said.

Cr Barham said council was also considering other options to manage parking and traffic in By- ron Bay.

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