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Friday Dec 14, 2012

Team to probe Joburg paid parking in suburbs

A multidisciplinary team is to be set up to look into the feasibility of paid parking in Joburg suburbs.

This was a resolution taken at a meeting held in Emmarentia last week to discuss how to take the paid parking system forward into seven suburbs.The scheme was supposed to have been launched in June, but following a huge outcry from residents, the council put it on hold.

Councillor Amanda Forsythe said the team would consist of council officials, councillors, residents and traders, who would make suggestions on how it could be rolled out and in which suburbs.

The contract with Ace Parking Services, the company that is operating the system in the Joburg CBD and Braamfontein, is due to end in 2014.

The council would "draw out the consultation process for as long as possible, as they have recognised that they have made mistakes and want to avoid further embarrassment in other suburbs", Forsythe said.

The Joburg metro police department has finally admitted that no surveys were carried out to identify the suburbs designated for paid parking in the suburbs, said Forsythe. She insisted on seeing the so-called surveys, which JMPD chief Chris Ngcobo assured residents had been done.

The Star


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