Car parking woes for Watt Street residents and businesses have been handed some sort of solution by the local council to assist them during a time of great unease.
Businesses fronting Watt St in Newcastle's CBD can register for two hours free parking for their customers and clients to help offset the loss of on-street parking during construction works.
Customers and clients of registered Watt St businesses can use Council's nearby King St car park and get two hours freeparking upon validation of their parking ticket.
"We've spoken at length to businesses on Watt St and parking is one of the main issues they have raised," Newcastle City Council Interim CEO Jeremy Bath said.
"Some businesses asked for reserved on-street parking spaces on surrounding streets, but this is not legally possible. The only place where Council can provide parking spaces close to Watt St is our King St car park."
"We hope this will provide some relief to Watt St business owners affected by the current upgrades, but also attract more people to the precinct to shop and do business."
The free two-hour parking in King St car park will only be available to people whose parking tickets are validated by an affected Watt St business.
More information can be found on the Newcastle City Council website.