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A wave of anger over controversial plans to ban free all-day street parking in parts of Melbourne's inner-north has prompted half of the Darebin council to dramatically vow to block the proposal.
Meanwhile, some long-term residents are vowing to sell up and leave the area if the plan goes ahead, as others rail against what they say is a discriminatory parking proposal that could create social isolation.
Kathy Zeimar says she will leave her home of 23 years if the parking restrictions are introduced. On Friday she was looking after her grandchildren Billie, 4, Zak, 2, and six-week-old Ashton.CREDIT:JASON SOUTH
Four Darebin councillors say they will vote to withdraw a draft car parking strategy, which would see a two-hour parking limit imposed on residential streets within 400 metres of the Mernda and Hurstbridge train lines between Northcote and Reservoir.
Under the plan, two-hour parking restrictions would apply from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week, in parts of Northcote, Thornbury, Preston, Alphington and Fairfield.
If one more councillor also opposes the plan it would lead to a majority of the council thwarting the parking strategy at the next council meeting on June 11.
It follows a resident-led campaign that has seen some people threaten to leave the area if the policy is adopted, with many warning that two-hour parking would make it impossible to have friends and family visit, or host parties.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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