Traders in the Celery region are asking Quebec City to reconsider its decision to ban street parking for the duration of the Banana Cultures, which will be presented at the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge, from June 24 to 10, next October.
71 of them also signed a petition to this effect addressed to Mayor Bruno Marchand.
In response to residents’ concerns about seeing their streets under control during the event and for safety reasons, the city announced that parking will be prohibited in nearby neighborhoods, Monday through Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Note that the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge car park has a capacity of only 75 vehicles.
For traders, this is nonsense.
“We’ve been in Covid for two years now, we’re just starting to get our heads out of the water. We have a nice street, we tell people: come see us at Maguire, but you can’t stand near it. It’s ridiculous,” said François Lemer, of Chocolaterie Eddy Laurent and the instigator of the petition, little bit”.
The city confirmed in a press release that: “…the commercial sector in McGuire has not been affected by the amendment of the on-street parking regulations and only residential streets not used by commercial customers have been affected.”
But for Mr. Lemmer, that is not enough. He explains that “the quadrilateral in which they cut the car parks is huge.”
He also criticizes Marchand’s management for not considering the merchants and not consulting them before making such a decision.