Jeff McCloy says up to 200 parking spaces can be created in the Newcastle CBD, and has released drawings showing one-way traffic and angled parking on Hunter Street.
The prominent businessman, developer and candidate for lord mayor said his plan was a basic way to help revitalise the inner-city.
‘‘Shopping centres need to provide parking,’’ Mr McCloy said.
‘‘To get customers back to the CBD we need to address parking problems.’’
Mr McCloy said the council should introduce two hours of free parking throughout the city and build more off-street parking. He said Railcorp land across from the proposed state law courts, other Civic land and the former Empire Hotel site could be used for parking.
‘‘There is $5million in [developer] contributions for car parks,’’ he said. ‘‘Spend it.’’
Parking in the city is emerging as a key issue at the council elections. Labor candidates have already announced opposition to any further roll-out of parking metres, and support free timed parking at weekends.
The Clean Sweep team has flagged parking as a major problem.
Mr McCloy’s plan involves making Hunter Street one way into the city and having traffic flow westbound along King Street. Cross streets would be used to transfer between traffic flowing east and west.
Hunter Street would have two lanes of traffic between Stewart Avenue and Union Street. Three traffic lanes would flow into the city between Union and Darby streets.
‘‘Spare road space on Hunter Street [would be used] to introduce angle parking,’’ Mr McCloy said.
Mr McCloy said he also wanted to landscape Hunter Street, line the road with trees, pave the footpaths and install new seats and garbage bins.
His plan says consideration would need to be given to bus priority lanes, the width of Hunter and King streets, transition back to two-way traffic flow and specific design issues.