OFF LIMITS: Michael Jennings of D&M; Deli in Cotton Tree says parking problems are stopping customers getting to his cafe and deli.
OFF LIMITS: Michael Jennings of D&M; Deli in Cotton Tree says parking problems are stopping customers getting to his cafe and deli. Iain Curry

Calling time on all-day parking problems

A COTTON Tree cafe owner says council's lackadaisical attitude to parking limits on the street outside his business is costing him thousands of dollars in lost income.

However, council assures it is looking into the businessman's parking matter.

Michael Jennings owns D & M Deli, on Kingsford Smith Pde, but has been frustrated by the fact that car park spots outside his business have no time limits. As a result, people park there all day, meaning a lack of spaces for his clients.

"I know who the customers are. I see them looking for a spot. Sometimes they'll do a couple of laps, and then they'll just drive off.

"A lot of people park here and walk elsewhere, and I'll have a full street and an empty restaurant."

Mr Jennings has contacted council about the issue, and has discussed it with local councillor Cr Jason O'Pray.

He did get one call back from a customer relations staffer - six weeks after he lodged his query.

A council spokeswoman said Sunshine Coast Council "installs time-regulated parking in areas where there is significant business and tourism activity and vehicle space turnover is beneficial for traders and visitors".

"Time limited parking can impact on residents and Council is mindful of the need to find a balance between business and residential preferences," the spokeswoman said.

"Council is reviewing the parking needs of the Kingsford Smith Parade area."


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