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Letter: Valley residents should not have to pay to park in Banff

Editor: One of the current proposals regarding this proposed pay parking policy is to allow Banff residents to park for free in areas that are not located downtown. But Banff residents will be charged to park downtown.

Editor: 

One of the current proposals regarding this proposed pay parking policy is to allow Banff residents to park for free in areas that are not located downtown. But Banff residents will be charged to park downtown.

Banff residents will be allowed a grace period – I believe that grace period is from 7-11 a.m. seven days per week – when Banff residents who possess a resident parking pass can park for free. I believe that this four-hour window allows for only 30 minutes of free parking.

Regardless of whether you support, or do not support, this proposal, and the other proposals that are part of the current plan to impose a pay parking system during the summer months (initially), I urge you to attend the upcoming public meeting, which will be held at the Banff Park Lodge on Jan. 30, 6-8:30 p.m.

Canmore residents, particularly those who work in Banff,  should also attend this meeting as you might end up having to pay to park 100 per cent of the time.

My personal opinion is that Banff residents, and possibly Canmore residents, should never have to pay to park anywhere, at any time within the town of Banff.

Some of the proceeds from visitors who pay to park should be used to bolster the obviously inadequate budget to remove snow and ice from all streets in Banff and the sidewalks and crosswalks throughout thr community that are the responsibility of the Town.

Jon Whelan,

Banff



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