Councillors make welcome changes to parking plan

A commuter's dream car parkA commuter's dream car park

[Forum] In response to Vic Wulf’s letter that appeared in edition 190, parking is a Central Coast Council matter.

Metered on-street parking at Gosford and Woy Woy have been deleted from the car parking plan in a major win for locals.

Central Coast Councillors debated the issue at Monday night’s meeting, voting to take metered parking out of the Woy Woy and Gosford plans.

They also voted for on-street parking around the Gosford Hospital precinct to remain all day as opposed to restricting the time limit to just two hours.

This will come as welcome news to many healthcare workers and commuters who use the on-street parking throughout the day.

The plan will go out on public exhibition before it is officially endorsed by council.

Cr Richard Mehrtens led the major changes to on-street parking, saying community consultation had revealed a “strong mood” against paid parking.

He said limiting on-street parking around the hospital was also unnecessary.

That is only going to hurt our nurses and our hospital staff who rely on those full time, full access parks at all times of the day,” he said.

“It’s for those who can’t afford to park in the new paid parking stations at $20 – $30 a day.

“Reducing those parks to two hours or less will hurt those staff and that’s an unfair change.”

Email, May 17
Kathleen Minassian, Terrigal

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