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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.’’