January 12, 2016 6:29 pm
Updated: January 12, 2016 7:41 pm

Parking woes driving Montrealers mad

WATCH ABOVE: A group of residents in Saint-Henri are fighting to take back control of their street, saying there's a serious parking problem. Global's Tim Sargeant reports.


MONTREAL — Parking on Island Street in the Sud Ouest borough is coming at a premium.

There are a limited number of spaces available for residents, parking permits cost $85 per year and there is no guarantee they will find a spot.

“There should be more parking available, should be more underground parking available, should be more public parking available, there’s no place to park here at all,” Charles O’Brien, an Island Street resident told Global News.

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The increasing number of BIXI stations, a church encroaching on car spots and slow snow removal practices are some of the reasons car owners complain they can’t find a place to park — even though they’ve lived on the street for years.

“If you remember this big snow removal we just had, it took a week. So, for a week I couldn’t park in an area where I pay for. You would think it has a priority,” Jeffery Pokora, another Island Street resident told Global News.

The Montreal city councillor for the area says he’s looking into the problem but Craig Sauvé says the lack of parking is a commonplace in Montreal and Island Street residents certainly aren’t alone.

“It’s not one of the worst places in the Sud Ouest by far. If you want to look for parking problems, Griffintown has the worst parking in the Sud Ouest,” he told Global News.

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