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East Street residents reject M&CC ‘paid parking’

Residents of East Street , North Cummingsburg have rejected the implementation of a paid parking system by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).

M&CC recently moved to implement the system between Middle and New Market Streets along the avenue of East Street.

Today, vehicles were parked in clustered manner outside of the zone adopted by the City Council and very few persons sought to make use of the new parking arrangements.

At $360 an hour, just about four vehicles were parked in the lot when Demerara Waves visited at approximately 15:00hrs on Wednesday.

Some 100 residents that have been directly affected by the recent developments have written to President David Granger asking that the situation be rectified.

The residents want the President to issue a "command to disassemble the East Street Paid Parking Area."

The argument is that the system places undue burden on everyday commuters and was not done in a proper manner.

It was noted that the area  now occupied by the City Council once served as parking for residents who live building that do not have parking spaces, especially "back houses."

"The additional tax of 'paying for parking' is overwhelming as we continue to work tirelessly for the development of Guyana by paying property rates and taxes," the petition stated.