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Restaurateurs fear closure due to parking fees

David Pugh, owner and head chef at Restaurant Two.

David Pugh, owner and head chef at Restaurant Two. Photo: Glenn Hunt

High profile city chefs will today protest changes to on-street parking introduced by council last week on the grounds restaurants will close as a result.

Restaurant Two owner and head chef David Pugh will lead the charge against a move he said would cripple a fragile restaurant industry and was an “unfair extra cost for city customers”.

“At the end of the day it's an unfair extra cost for city customers at a time we should be encouraging people to spend money and stimulate the local economy,” he said.

Brisbane motorists face changes to CBD parking.

Brisbane motorists face changes to CBD parking.

“Council needs to take responsibility for their decisions and understand that they have significant impacts for local businesses. This decision will close down some restaurants in the CBD, there is no two ways about that.”

The new parking restrictions will ditch the $10 capped rate for all-day parking in the city, limit parking times to one hour or three hours and extend metered hours across weeknights and weekends.

Today's action seeks to repeal the plan which is slated to be delivered by Easter and expected to generate an extra $860,000 in annual Brisbane City Council revenue.

Moda owner and head chef Javier Codina will join Mr Pugh and a host of other hospitality figures, including Ecco's Philip Johnson and Esquire's Ryan Squires, to protest the time restrictions that will apply until 10pm.

“The average sitting time at most city venues is well over two hours, these restrictions will prevent our customers from using off street parking at all,” Mr Codina said.

“Many of my diners make dinner reservations for 7pm so they don't have to pay for parking. It's not hard to see that this will result in diners staying home rather than coming out.”

But Deputy Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner defended the scheme on the grounds it would make it easier to find a park in Brisbane CBD, South Bank and Fortitude Valley.

Under the scheme, people would pay between $1 and $2 an hour during the non-peak parking period depending on which zone they park in, Cr Schrinner said.

“Encouraging turn-over will mean more people will have access to on-street parking spaces – it's very difficult to find a space in the evening and on weekends,” he said.

The additional revenue raised by the scheme would be allocated equally to each ward across the city for footpath and park upgrades via the ward footpath and parks trust fund that each councillor receives.

78 comments

  • This is another "money grab" by this council & they are trying to justify it by stating it will be distributed through the wards & to be used for parks etc. This could not be further from the TRUTH. This "extra revenue stream will find its way into consolidated revenue & be used to pay down the Legacy Way toll tunnel. (that very few people will use).

    Commenter
    Davo
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    November 28, 2012, 7:17AM
    • What really is at steak here? Realistically will people stop coming for the sake of $4 extra on their bill???? Do diners really come to the city expecting to get a carpark on the street or do they just park in a paid carparking centre or more likely do they catch a cab because they want to have a few wines????

      Menu at David Pugh's Restaurant Two:

      Steak $45
      Salad $10
      Chips $10
      Beer $10

      Carparking $4

      That is $75 for steak, salad and chips with a beer..... really and you're complaining about $4 for a carpark.

      Wake up Mr Pugh!

      Commenter
      Johann Fraser
      Location
      Brisbane City
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 9:21AM
    • LNP removing red tape and constraints on business/economy.

      Commenter
      Sheesh
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 10:01AM
    • If these businesses want to charge $10+ for a beer, they really need to look at themselves. But then again they are really only interested in big spenders.
      Although I am sick and tired of governments at all levels increasing taxes and charges, I have to say to the restauranteurs, stop ya whinging, your markups are exorbitant, your prices scare away more customers than a new $4 parking fee

      Commenter
      the_donge
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 11:02AM
    • Not everyone who parks in the city is going to eat. Getting rid of capped all day parking will actually mean more car parks for people stopping in to eat, not less.

      Commenter
      Flingebunt
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 12:23PM
  • Oh sure they will close. And the sky will fall.

    Commenter
    Karla
    Date and time
    November 28, 2012, 7:35AM
    • So you're happy to pay for parking meters just to go out for dinner in the city when you didn't have to previously??
      If you have the choice of going out for dinner in the city and paying for parking or going elsewhere and not paying for parking, what would you choose.
      A little less judgemental comment next time please.

      Commenter
      Sick of rude trolls
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 8:31AM
    • If a restaurants cuisine is good enough, I think most people will pay a little for parking.

      Commenter
      Sick of dumb trolls
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 9:40AM
    • @ Karla

      They will close, but not immediately.

      I suggest you'll find the good restaurants will move out of the CBD parking zone and set up shop elsewhere. They have a desirable product, and while being in the CBD allowed centrality, and because of that patrons will follow.

      Whether the sky will fall, ask Can Do.

      Cheers

      Commenter
      Dalliance
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 9:40AM
    • If you want to drive your car into the city, park near the premises and expect to find parks relatively quickly, then you must pay a premium for that service.

      Commenter
      jimmy
      Location
      Windsor
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 9:57AM

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