Pambula shoppers will soon have some extra space for parking, with a Quondolo Street bus zone to be moved to an area behind the shops.
The bus zone will be moved to the car park off Bennett Lane, resulting in about six extra spaces on Quondolo Street.
Council’s group manager of infrastructure, waste and water, Wayne Sartori, said some of the new parking spaces will be conveniently close to the town’s post office, making it easier for people to access the service and nearby shops.
“Moving the bus zone to the car park off Bennett Lane will ease some of the demand for parking in Quondolo Street,” he said.
“The move is being coordinated with bus operators who need to inform their passengers of the new pick-up and drop-off point through the publication of new timetables.
“This means that Pambula is currently in a short transition period where bus zones exist in Quondolo Street and the car park off Bennett Lane.
“The Quondolo Street bus zone signs will be removed on Tuesday, July 1, and the new zone off Bennett Lane will then be the only one in town.
“We are looking at options for further increasing parking on Quondolo Street which may involve 45° parking, and the community will be informed of any plans.”
Council general manager, Leanne Barnes, said a number of people had parked their cars unknowingly in the new bus zone and infringement notices were prematurely given.
“It’s unfortunate that prior to this notification that a number of infringement notices were issued to people who parked their vehicles in the new bus zone,” she said.
“These notices are being withdrawn and no fines will be issued.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and distress this may have caused, and we recognise that the local community should have been better informed of the changes.”