Nova Scotia

Sydney drivers face parking-spot shortage

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is on the hunt for land to create more parking spaces in downtown Sydney.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is on the hunt for land to create more parking spaces in downtown Sydney.

Rick Fraser, the CBRM's bylaw manager, said they're looking at maps and charts to identify possible areas for long-term parking.

They're also considering asking property owners to sell or transfer land to the municipality.

"We have to look at how much land is available in our community and where that land can be transferred over to daily parking," Fraser said.

It's one solution to a parking problem that has been facing drivers for some time.

"Everyone's been complaining about this for years," said Karen Whalen.

Like many others who work downtown, Whalen has a tough time finding a place to park every day. She's often forced to park on the street.

"We would like to have an available parking space that we can pay for by the month and feel safe when we go to work and we're not going to have to come out and have a parking ticket again on our window," she said.

Whalen said metered parking can cost as much as $180 a month. In addition, she said, there's the risk of getting one or more tickets if the meter runs out.

Fraser said there is still a lot of work to do.

"We have to look at the parking that we have in the downtown core and how many spaces are needed," he said.

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