No more car parks

A STUDY into Stanthorpe's car parking situation has determined there are enough car parks in the CBD to last until 2021.

Southern Downs Regional Council hired Osborn Lane Consultant Engineers earlier in the year to review the major car parking areas in Stanthorpe's CBD and to develop a long-term plan.

The survey was conducted over six days from 8am-6pm weekdays and 8am-4pm on Saturday.

Engineer Peter Osborn said he used the expected growth rate to calculate if more car parks would be needed in the near future.

"The average vehicles per household will remain unchanged at 1.8," he said.

"No additional car parks will be commissioned within the CBD."

Mr Osborn said High St had a high occupancy level during the day.

"The eastern side of High St (Lock to Railway) sustains occupancy greater than 60% into the evening due to patronage of a gym," he said.

"Campervans and large vehicles park on High St and Roger St had a continually high occupation of 70% throughout the day."

Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce president Nathan McDonald said the chamber often received complaints about parking.

"The most common complaint we have received is some of the staff of businesses are parking in the main street and taking up valuable parking spaces for shoppers," he said.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell said the council would now need to consider the issues raised in the report and would also need to make a decision primarily around the regulation of parking into the future.

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