Tradies with no place to park booked
A BUILDER says his jobsite is being unfairly targeted by council parking officers.
Since December Fred Curley's building company has been constructing a 12 unit complex on South Station Rd for the Queensland Government.
At any time there are up 40 workers on the job site but no parking has been allocated for work and construction vehicles.
In the past two months parking officers have been regularly handing out fines to workers parked directly in front of the job site.
Builder Fred Curley, who says he hasn't encountered this issue with any other local government, is calling on the council to waive the tickets.
Mr Curley isn't disputing that his car, and those of his workers, were parked in an area marked 'no standing' earning them a $117 ticket each.
But he says the council should be more lenient particularly given the no standing zone is in front of a driveway that no longer exists.
He says there are limited parking options in the area and the council should have provisions for construction sites, if it expects builders like him to keep taking up work in the region.
The council is standing by the tickets issued for vehicles parked in a 'no standing' zone and in two-hour limited parking spaces.
It says that the zone relates to the adjacent bus stop, not the former driveways, and the main entrance to Aldi directly across the road.
This project is expected to take at least another month and in June Mr Curley wrote to Ipswich City Council asking them to "quash" the tickets, hoping no more would be issued.
Three weeks later the council responded saying it had investigated, found the tickets to be valid as Mr Curley was parked illegally, and the fines stood.
"A review has been undertaken and Council's evidence shows you parked in a No Stopping zone," the letter reads.
"Council is unable to withdraw the infringement notice."
Mr Curley's business specialises in government projects mostly in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
The builder hasn't worked in Ipswich since upgrading the council offices three years ago and says if this parking issue isn't resolved, he won't be coming back.
"There must be other builders in the area having the same problems," Mr Curley said.
"Ipswich is trying to go ahead as far as development goes at the moment and that means the council has to talk to people booking construction sites about parking or it won't go anywhere.
"If I have to pay the bill then I will pay, but if this is how the council is going to treat us then we won't be coming back."
After being contacted by the QT the council says it will conduct a second review of the tickets issued taking into consideration all factors, council policy, legislation and the community's interests.
But it says there are local concerns regarding the availability of parking and that workers could park on side streets where there is "ample parking".
"(Those spaces) can be used for extended periods by workers at the building site before or after they drop off or pick up materials," a council spokesperson said.