Council considers u-turn on CBD parking limit

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council might change its mind on its contentious decision to limit parking in the CBD.

On October 23 it reduced the two hour limit for free parking in Ruthven and Margaret Sts to one hour, citing a need for more turnover.

The move sparked anger across the city.

The Chronicle's online poll showed 87% of residents were against the change.

Cr Geoff McDonald raised the matter in council's ordinary meeting yesterday, saying more information was needed.

"We need hard data from traders before we go out and make an adjustment," he said.

"What we need to know is if we are improving or decimating the area.

"We need to listen to the community and get it right.

"If that means we have to be more flexible so be it."

Cr Sue Englart said people had both patted her on the back and complained to her about the change.

"We have to be ready to change if we've made a mistake," she said.

"Different businesses have different needs and council needs to address that."

Cr McDonald said that although he would await more information, a possible change to one and a half hours was a possible compromise.

Cr Bill Cahill said a straw poll had shown people were overwhelmingly against the new rules.

The council voted to request that a report including feedback and statistical information be submitted to the next infrastructure committee meeting.

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