BATHURST Regional Council rangers will begin monitoring the Hungry Jack’s car park under an agreement likely to be ratified on Wednesday night.
Hungry Jack’s approached council seeking to enter an agreement to have its car park monitored by the rangers.
To make it happen, Hungry Jack’s has agreed to licence council to use the Durham Street car park as a free parking area for all the public.
Council will pay a licence fee of just $1 a year to utilise the car park but drivers will be restricted to just one hour at a time.
A report to councillors by acting environmental, planning and building services director Richard Denyer recommends council take up the deal for three years with an option of a further two.
Mr Denyer’s report states that:
- Monitoring will be done on an as required/as agreed basis, meaning rangers would not be required to spend a set number of hours in the car park each month.
- Council will receive all income from any of the penalty notices written by its rangers.
- Hungry Jack’s will be responsible for the installation and management of all signage and maintenance of the car park.
- Either party must give six months’ notice to terminate the agreement.
Since the introduction of mobile parking enforcement in Bathurst, council has signed a number of agreements with local car park owners to carry out their monitoring in return for keeping any fines revenue raised.
Councillors will vote on the proposal at Wednesday night’s first monthly meeting of the year.