Workers fuming over car parking

NOWHERE TO PARK: Office Choice employee Fiona Karman has voiced her concerns about not being able to park all day at Merriwa Park when new limits are introduced next month. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

WORKERS in Wangaratta’s central business district are up in arms over plans to change parking limits at Merriwa Park.

Council will next month change a four hour limit to two to three hour limits on weekdays, effectively forcing CBD workers to park elsewhere.

It’s common practice for workers to park at Merriwa Park all day after moving their cars to a different spot in the park at lunch time.

The change comes out of the adopted Merriwa and Kaluna Parks Masterplan that set out to create more accessible parking for people who actually use the parks.

It’s a move that has angered dozens of CBD employees like Office Choice employee Fiona Karman, who believe a lack of free all day parking options in the city will force people to pay for parking in the multi-deck Co-store car park.

She also raised safety concerns about walking in the dark to her car after work.

“I really feel that the council is just doing this for revenue-raising to get people to park in the multi-level ‘lemon’ of a car park they’ve built,” she said.

“It is already scary enough having to walk down to Merriwa in the dark, let alone having to walk…I don’t know where.”

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