PARKING at Byron Bay on market day has long been a problem, with calls being made to shift it from its Butler Street Reserve home.
Responding to the problem, market organisers say there will soon be a large increase in parking thanks to months of hard work, extensive discussion and collaboration.
The Byron Community and Cultural Centre, which manages the markets, the North Coast Market Stall Holders Association and Byron Shire Council have been negotiating for months to arrive at the most practicable and productive solution.
This month's February market saw the first trial of a stall holder's carpark, a 100-car space dry-weather car park located at the end of the Somerset Street Reserve, near the amenities block.
Stall holders, who are the first to arrive and last to leave the market site, have a specially designated parking zone - effectively freeing up 100 extra parking spaces for patrons and market customers. Organisers are hoping the new parking system will create more like 200 to 300 extra car parks because patrons do not park for the whole market day as stall holders do.
To further encourage a higher rotation of cars through the market parking, the council is in the process of printing two-hour limit parking signs to be ready and in place along the northern side of Somerset Street by the March market, which they will enforce, thus allowing for more parking access to markets for patrons.
Byron Community and Cultural Centre manager, Barbara Keen, said she was delighted to see an effective resolution.
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