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Deniliquin employee criticises improper use of customer parking

A Deniliquin woman has aired her concerns about vehicles being parked for longer than the two hours specified on the parking signs in the Deniliquin CBD.

TYLA HARRINGTON January 29, 2014 4:46am

Local business employees who park in two-hour limit areas in the CBD for the entire day are disadvantaging customers, according to a frustrated Deniliquin woman.

The woman, who would like to remain anonymous, said vehicles were being parked for longer than the two hours specified on the parking signs in Cressy and Napier Sts, Deniliquin.

She is pleading with the community to refrain from parking their vehicles in the restricted zones, and park in the car parks behind the CBD instead.

‘‘I’ve watched a local lady (who works at a local business) park in front of a Cressy Street shop five days in a row,’’ she said.

‘‘I see red when it happens.’’

The woman, who also works in the CBD, said there are other options for employees, including the car park behind Napier and Cressy Sts, which is accessed via George St.

She said there should be penalties for people abusing shop front car parks.

‘‘It’s just common sense,’’ she said.

‘‘If we all park in the main street then where are the shoppers going to park?’’

Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske said several people had already been issued fines for parking longer than the specified two hours.

In September last year council considered enforcing timed parking restrictions in the CBD.

However, Mr Bilske said council will continue to issue fines to any offenders.

‘‘There are a number of complaints about regular offenders who park their vehicles in time restricted areas for the entire day,’’ he said.

‘‘People need to also be aware that they can’t park in a spot and once the time limit is up do a lap around the block and park in the same area again.

‘‘If they do this they are likely to be fined – they may have to walk a block.

‘‘We don’t like issuing parking fines but when business owners are complaining we have to act on it.

‘‘When customers are hoping to buy bulk or heavy goods they like to park as close as they can to the business. Some people are abusing the time restriction and they’re not able to do this.

‘‘If the offenders continue to abuse the system they will be issued with a fine.’’

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