Paid parking one year on

A year ago, Byron Bay businesses were in uproar over the introduction by Byron Council of a sixmonth paid parking trial in the CBD.

Shop owners said the first week of the trial had proved disastrous with a dramatic downturn in business.

At the end of the trial coupon parking in the CBD was scrapped, however the ticket machines remain at the Main Beach car park and the two nearby council car parks.

The council, in consultation with the community, is now looking at a range of paid parking options for the town.

Those options include extending paid parking in the town, to Clarkes Beach car park, Captain Cook Lookout and Wategos Beach.

Recommendations are expected to be put forward to councillors early in the new year.

The Byron Bay Business Group, representing traders in the CBD and which has been leading the charge against any reintroduction of paid parking in the CBD, conducted its own survey on the impact of paid parking.

Barry Wallace, a spokesman for the group, said the completed survey forms allowed the group to evaluate and process the positives and negatives of paid parking in the CBD.

Mr Wallace said the survey allowed the group to give the council "enough information to make informed practical decisions".

He said the group and the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce were hopeful that the paid parking status quo would remain with some tweaking at the edges.

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