City Councillor wants to see higher parking fees on Victoria Street

By Vanesssa Ybarra
November 11, 2017 - 12:42pm Updated: November 11, 2017 - 1:32pm

KAMLOOPS — City Councillor Denis Walsh would like to see parking prices increased along Victoria Street.

While Walsh doesn't believe the downtown has a parking shortage issue, he says increasing the fee would free up more spots along the downtown's busiest street.

"Just by changing the way Victoria Street is handled and managed, I think a lot of these problems would disappear," said Walsh. "Higher ticket fees would give people an incentive to park around the block rather than everybody driving in circles trying to find a close spot."

Walsh compared his rationale to concert tickets.

"If you go to a concert you pay more for the closer seats. Downtown, everywhere is the same price. Victoria Street should either be a narrower time limit or it should be more expensive."

Earlier this week city council rejected a proposed $100-thousand study that would focus on the parking needs downtown.

Walsh voted against the study.

It was a 4-4 vote with one councillor absent.

 

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