Businesses feel parking pinch around Scott Parade

SMALL businesses are being impacted by the lack of car spaces available on Scott Parade during the football finals.

Haymes Paint manager Sue Stuart said an influx of people travelling to Eastern Oval to watch weekend sport finals had reduced the number of car spaces for customers.

The problem is expected to continue in the lead-up to the Ballarat Football League's senior football grand final, which will be held at the ground on September 20.

Ms Stuart said people were parking in driveways, t-intersections, keep clear areas and bus zones as a result.

"From mid-morning to 2pm, it hinders where our customers can safely park," Ms Stuart said.

There are six timed parking bays on Scott Parade outside Haymes Paint, all with a one-hour timing restriction.

Ballarat Football League operations manager Aaron Nunn said the league hadn't received any complaints about car parking.

"I don't think it is anything to be too concerned about," Mr Nunn said.

"It does highlight the need for more parking in the area."

City of Ballarat city infra-

structure general manager Eric Braslis said council would monitor the situation and issue parking infringements when identified.

Mair Street businesses Freight Bar and JB Hi-Fi have not been affected by the congestion, despite their close proximity to the ground.

"It hasn't affected us in a negative way," Freight Bar manager Daniel Rush said.

"Our customers can still find parks and we get increased foot traffic."

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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