SIGNS have been placed on roadsides throughout the cathedral precinct in recent days as the City of Greater Bendigo’s two-hour times parking trial begins.
Residents in the area raised concerns about a lack of access to parking, which they believed would be exacerbated by the construction of the Aspire Precinct.
The council waived the precinct’s requirement for 40 car parks. Several car parks will be lost as a result of the project, which the council predicts will bring in 40,000 visitors per year.
Objectors have lodged an appeal in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which will be heard on July 9.
The parking trial started on January 22, but the signs were placed in the area this week. Parking is restricted to two hours between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Council manager of safe and healthy environment Caroline Grylls said the trial was not a direct response to the looming VCAT challenge, but was a reflection of parking concerns in the area near the cathedral.
“The city welcomes feedback from all residents in the trial area,” she said.
The trial will last until April.