THE car parking debacle at Fairfield Forum is officially over.
Shoppers at Fairfield Forum will no longer need to bear the brunt of receiving hefty parking fines after the council approved a development application to have automatic boom gates installed at the car park.
Australian National Car Parks will no longer manage the car park which is currently operating a ticketed system that requires patrons to display a valid ticket from a machine that indicated free parking for the first three hours.
Councillor Lawrence White said he was thrilled to see the new measure implemented after receiving many complaints about the current system, which has been in place since 2007.
"People who come from non-English speaking backgrounds have been the most disadvantaged," he said.
"They have been penalised because they didn't know they had to display their ticket at the front of their car window.
"Many of these shoppers refused to go back with the way they were penalised so this new system will be fair and stop many of the car park users from getting fined."
The new automatic boom gate system will allow for two hours of free parking, with the ticket being provided at the boom gate entry.
Councillor Ninos Khoshaba said while he also was happy about the new boom gates, he has called on the development applicant to increase the time people can park for free.
"If they could look at increasing the free time period to three hours to keep it consistent with what's in place now, then I believe the people of Fairfield will really benefit from that," he said.
The boom gates will soon be implemented at the entry/exit lanes off Station Street, entry/exit lanes leading on to Smart Street, and the entry/exit gates off Cunninghame Street.