Norwood residents protest against paid parking

Norwood residents protested against the implementation of a paid parking scheme on Sunday.

A Johannesburg metro officer gives a parking fine. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in Norwood staged a demonstration on Sunday, to petition against the implementation of a paid parking scheme in the area. They argue the scheme will destroy small businesses.

The scheme, which will have residents paying R8 per hour for kerb-side parking, has already been rolled-out in Parkhurst and Johannesburg's CBD.

The system will be rolled out in Rosebank, Roodepoort, Melville, Florida, Norwood and Fordsburg on June 1, the City of Jo'burg confirmed.

Grant Avenue in Norwood is usually a hub of activity on Sundays, with residents enjoying their afternoons in the local restaurants and shops that line the street.

However, local councillor Marcelle Ravid said that culture is being threatened by the paid parking scheme.

On Sunday, residents were called to sign a petition against the system.

Ravid said residents are prepared to fight tooth and nail to prevent its implementation.

The City of Jo'burg's legal advisor, Pieter de Klerk, on Wednesday said nearly three quarters of the money from paid parking will go to Ace Parking - the private company contracted to operate the system.

The city will receive about a quarter of the system's revenue.