ACT Govt. announces Paid Parking for the whole of Phillip and ignores business traders in their decision making.
The Phillip Business Community Inc., is very disappointed with the process or lack of process conducted by the ACT Government.
The President of the PBC, Robert Issell found out about the decision by local radio station 666 when they rang for an interview and comment regarding the latest announcement to affect the Business Precinct of Phillip – South of Hindmarsh.
This is what we are told is going to help solve Parking issues in Woden Town Centre and they must be installed in Phillip.
In September 2015 a meeting with the ACT Government Officers who deal with Parking Issues at the direction of the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr was held with several members of the Phillip Business Community.
Many were very concerned about the implementation of parking meters and how they might affect business in the area as a whole.
A number of other parking issues were also raised at that meeting and an undertaking was given that a response to all issues would be provided with further consultation prior to any decisions would be made.
That position was again confirmed in March by Government Officers some 6 months later that no decision would be made about Parking changes until the Business Community of Phillip was consulted.
This is what he said in an email.
“I acknowledge your frustration at lack of information and apologise for still not being in a position to give you full detail.
I will continue to press for information to bring out to discuss with businesses in the area. I have been advised the draft plans are still not quite ready – but all areas of the ACT Government understand the commitment I gave to you and those present at that meeting…that we need to have a meaningful consultation about the introduction of pay parking.
I am hopeful the necessary information will be ready within the next few weeks (and I apologise that I still cannot be more certain than that). Do you have a schedule of your 2016 meeting dates? Could we target a particular meeting?
I have also advised both Minister Gentleman (responsible for broad parking policy) and Minister Fitzharris (responsible for parking price determinations) that Phillip businesses have a range of concerns. The Ministers have taken a close interest in your concerns and have asked me to ensure that you and the other businesses are consulted before any new pay parking is implemented in any part of Phillip.”
No further updates were received since then.
We did receive a call and email from Capital Works Design & Delivery staff member saying,
“As discussed we are currently updating our plans in order to commence discussions with the Phillip traders and community. I will be in touch again once we have finalised our plans to set a date for discussions.”
So it would appear that from the announcement today featured in the Canberra Times
that we have been ignored again.