Tweel demands parking enforcement for his ward

Dave Stewart
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Rick Storey adjusts prices of parking meters in Charlottetown on Easter Sunday. Prices at parking meters will increase by approximately 10 per cent when the HST takes effect today, however the city will not be patrolling the meters until Tuesday. Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald

Coun. Mitchell Tweel is asking the city to crack down on all-day parkers in his ward.

“I’ve asked for a complete review of the parking, both in terms of signage and enforcement,’’ Tweel said Thursday.

He is asking the city to dedicate two commissionaires to a number of streets in his area, all of them just north of Euston Street, which separates the streets in question from the downtown core.

Tweel says motorists who work downtown park north of Euston Street to avoid feeding parking meters and two-hour time zones. Essentially, they’re parking in areas not currently patrolled by commissionaires.

Tweel identifies the following streets as problem areas — Queen Street, Chestnut Street, Passmore Street, Bayfield Street, Douglas Street, upper Prince Street, Walthen Drive, upper Hillsborough Street, Young Street and Spring Park Road.

Tweel said he has already met with Roy Main, the city’s chief administrative officer, on a strategy to deal with all-day parkers.

“I’ve been advocating and promoting that we need a plan of action to deal with all-day parkers north of Euston,’’ Tweel said.

He noted that not only are people parking too close to the corner but they are parking in ways that interfere with residents in the area.

“It’s affecting their quality of life. They’re not able to access their homes. Friends and relatives can’t visit them. In some cases, it even interferes with being able to put out the waste bins. It is just a major inconvenience all around.’’

His next move is to make a presentation next month to the city’s protective and emergency services committee, chaired by Coun. David MacDonald.

“There has to be a bylaw and there has to be enforcement and it has to be dedicated and committed. If you look south of Euston Street you have commissionaires that do a terrific job. We need that same level of commitment. Right now, there is absolutely no enforcement whatsoever and that is why there is no deterrence.’’

MacDonald said his committee is working on a new parking plan for the city with options that could include putting parking meters in areas that they aren’t currently in or, maybe, purchasing vacant lots to use as parking areas. Just ideas, for now.

However, MacDonald said there is no enforcement on the streets Tweel refers to because there are no parking restrictions in place, meaning commissionaires would be powerless to issue tickets to all-day parkers. That is, unless the city were to enact a new bylaw.

“We recognize there is an issue,’’ MacDonald said. “Mitchell is right, those (residents) have every right to be concerned and we’re going to try and address it.’’

MacDonald said he asked for input on a parking plan for the city from every councillor and only Tweel responded.

“I appreciate his input. His concerns will go to my committee and we’ll do what we can do to make it better.’’

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Euston Street, Passmore Street, Bayfield Street Douglas Street Prince Street Hillsborough Street Spring Park Road

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  • James roberts
    December 16, 2013 - 15:37

    I live on Bayfield street and would absolutly love to be able to pay for a residential parking spot for the summer months to avoid having to car juggle every day because of the 5 known consistent all day parkers on my block. 3 of which have pretty juicy federal jobs at the Jean Canfield building. Its a pain and causes grief between neighbors. I think Truro serves as a model for any mid size city so far as downtown parking.

  • Fair is fair
    December 15, 2013 - 10:30

    The province should pass a law and force big box stores to have gates to all of their parking lots and that customers and employees have to pay the same rate per hour to park there as on a street with a meter. You go shipping at Kent or Home Depot or Sears or Walmart or Target or Canadian Tire or FutureShop then you pay the same per hour as if you parked on a street at a meter. The big box stores would love it - pays for the maintenance of their parking lots (which are taxed). In fact there should be a higher property tax rate on a parking lot than regular empty land. Would encourage smarter property development.

  • Morefreeparkingnotless
    December 14, 2013 - 14:52

    Parking downtown is already impossible and expensive. I'm sure Tweel does not lack in funds and a $25 ticket daily would be nothing to him. To 90% of islanders, $25 a day would break you financially. No body wants to drive downtown now. Adding more meters will just make less people make the trip. Employees at my place of employment are begging our company to leave downtown due to parking. Doing what Tweel is suggesting will just further kill downtown. Thanks Tweel for making life a little harder for citizens each day.

  • And they wonder why
    December 14, 2013 - 08:47

    People shop at the big box stores??? No brainer- FREE and plenty parking space!

  • obey
    December 13, 2013 - 16:27

    some drivers are pretty important why should they obey the rules or pay the fine they aren't selfish and above the law they have excuses

  • Sibub
    December 13, 2013 - 13:52

    Why are there no meters on Kent Street between the park and Pownall? There is a large area around the Shaw Building and down town that have no meters.

  • The Bandaid Solutions Aren't Working
    December 13, 2013 - 13:02

    I love Charlottetown's revitalization strategy. Step 1 Recognize that nobody wants to shop or do business down town. Step 2 Spend tons of money advertising and trying to convince people that downtown Charlottetown is a great place to shop and do business until people actually come to give it a try. Step 3 acknowledge that people are coming and raise meter fees, issue outlandish tickets and fines, and generally make the experience a miserable one. Step 4 return to step 1 and repeat as necessary. Here is a thought. A quarter of the buildings down town are vacant and unsightly. Bulldoze them and pave the lots. Offer free parking. Keep bulldozing and paving until everyone who works AND wants to visit downtown has a place to park. The crappy eyesores will be gone, people will return to down town which will in turn encourage new retail and commercial ventures and more taxes revenues for the City. I am guessing the combination of savings from getting rid of the meters and the salaries for people handing out tickets combined with new tax revenue that a healthy retail and commercial base would bring would more than offset the cost. Or you could just try handing out more tickets as Councillor Tweel suggests. That could work too.

  • don
    December 13, 2013 - 12:36

    well if the city was not so hungry for MONEY you could have used some land that is now going to be condo's and that would have been great for parking. less building more parking.

  • Not a downtown shopper anymore
    December 13, 2013 - 09:32

    No place to park and if you are lucky to find a spot god forbid if you are a second over on the meter you get a ticket not worth the hassle and the bother better off shopping elsewhere!!!!

  • Here's A Thought
    December 13, 2013 - 09:14

    Just give in and take a bus. It won't kill ya.

  • Fed up
    December 13, 2013 - 08:13

    Tramp down on people in handicap parking without permits. Check the ONE space at Victoria Park. 9/10 times we go....with a permit...someone there without permit. One day even a former Councillor ...HE knew no one would ticket him!

  • Suzanne
    December 13, 2013 - 07:26

    For the love of Pete!! Give people a place to park in the downtown core. We need more accessible parking lots not just over priced parkades! Working downtown SUCKS!!!

    • Targetman
      December 13, 2013 - 08:15

      I have no idea how people get away with all day parking in those areas. I rarely park in the city due to the meter nazi's running around ticking me when I am 5 minutes past my time. The last two times in the city I received tickets when I was literally minutes past the time. They used to circle the block and ticket you if necessary. Now I see them running across the streets jay walking to try to nab someone with an expired meter. I'll continue to shop outside of the city.

  • more_chalkers
    December 13, 2013 - 07:17

    Parking in downtown charlottetown is a challenge on the best of days. These same councillors and mayor who want to enforce these all day parkers are the same ones who were crying months ago when there was going to be so much gov't layoffs - can't have it both ways. Who wants to park downtown? If you miss your meter by thirty seconds, one of 20 ticket writers will be racing to write you a ticket. I came downtown for lunch yesterday and it is 16 below and I park in a one hour parking. After spending $20 for lunch and staying there for 90 minutes, i return to find a $25 ticket.........I won't be back but keep up your fight Tweel. ps.......must be nice to be able to WALK to your place of employment.

  • Downtown Shopper
    December 13, 2013 - 03:42

    I hope Tweel also goes after the meter feeders. I have actually stopped shopping at two specific downtown businesses after watching an employee being sent out to feed the owners and staffs meters. There are parkades and parking areas all around town businesses and employees could be using, so shoppers can shop and carry their purchases to their vehicles. If you make it difficult for us to shop at your location, we will make it simple for ourselves be shopping elsewhere.