Providing Local Leadership: Righting a Wrong. Decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

When was the last time you found yourself righting a wrong. My last time was last night. That is when I moved a motion to have a previous council decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

After the original decision was made I felt sick. I knew we had made the wrong decision. Accordingly I apologised to the residents for what had occurred, believing that the decision could not be reversed.

Meredyth Avenue, MillswoodMillswood residents (around Goodwood Oval) were surveyed recently for their thoughts as to whether or not they were experiencing commuter inspired parking issues. They were prompted in this survey whether these issues warrant implementing parking restrictions. The residents in Graham & Meredyth Avenues were not included in the survey and therefore had no say.

Having not been included in the survey, their streets were therefore not included in a motion proposed by our administration. In their wisdom, Council amended this motion in what we believed was a way to recognise the missing streets. As can happen on the night in the chamber we got it horribly wrong.  We created a situation for the residents of the two streets that were indeed worse for them.

 

Last night I moved a motion to correct this. I tabled a motion to have the council decision to implement parking restrictions reversed.

 

In putting the motion, I argued that it was not fair to link them to the results of a survey they were not party to. Equally it was unwise to implement a solution to a problem that may not exist in the future.

Council agreed with me. The motion was seconded by my co-councillor Jennie Boisvert. It was passed unanimously.

In other words Council obviously saw and accepted their error. They showed they had the collective strength of character to  accept they were wrong and correct it.

With the decision to implement parking restrictions reversed we can now focus on whether or not providing parking restrictions in nearby streets will impact on their streets or not. This we will do over the next 6 months.

If we find that parking issues have arisen and that parking restrictions need to be considered we will consult first with the residents, as always we should.

Written & authorised by Don Palmer, 19 Kelvin Avenue, Clarence Park SA 5034

Local Area Traffic Management Survey back in Clarence Park Ward.

A few years ago, Council experimented with a concept called Local Area Traffic Management (LATM). A concept wherein we look at traffic issues, rather than street by street but suburb by suburb. Clarence Park Ward was the catalyst in order to address issues previously identified in Black Forest.

LATM map for Clarence ParkIt proved a successful approach, so we opened it up to the whole city and on a ward per ward basis rather than suburb to suburb, wider again.

In the next few weeks the Local Area Traffic Management Survey comes back to Clarence Park Ward. If you have not received your letter before now it will land in your letter box shortly.

The area being surveyed includes the Clarence Park Ward, minus obviously Black Forest. It also includes a section of Goodwood apparently not included in their survey a couple of years back.

This is your chance to highlight concerns you may have in your street or suburb.

While Council is aware of some areas of concern this is an opportunity to ensure all issues are bought to our attention. What we know already is what we have learnt from you.

To those of you who have communicated concerns in the past, thank you. Please reaffirm these concerns as part of the survey. Those of you who have yet to, please take the opportunity.

Providing feedback will inform Council. We can then consider solutions that we can then put back to you for your further input. That said, if you have what you consider to be solutions already feel free to include that in your survey response.

We look forward to your raising issues concerning traffic flow, traffic volumes, traffic speeds, rat running, Bicycle paths, shared roads (current and potential), and parking.

This is Council at it’s basic. The Roads component of Roads, Rates and Rubbish. It is also Council at its basic, working with the community for the benefit of the community.

Let’s make Clarence Park Ward safer and easier for us to navigate, whether by car, by bike or by foot by filling out the Local Area Traffic Management survey.

Pay for use Parking Trial approved by Council

At last Monday night’s Council meeting we approved a pay for use parking trial for a section of Bartley Crescent Wayville and Railway Terrace South Goodwood.

 

The concept of pay for use parking is a hybrid between two competing challenges that council has grappled with for some time.

The first of these is the concern we have that our residents in the northern reaches of our City, those near public transport routes, of the habit of people outside our council using our streets as a park n ride to access the City of Adelaide. Access to residents properties and the ability of their friends and acquaintances to park when visiting has been a challenge we have yet to solve.

Commuter parking in residential streets is inconvenient for residents and for the delivery of council services such as street sweeping and waste collection. There are areas of the Council where commuter parking has occurred historically with minimal impacts. The main problems occur when parking spills out of these areas and onto narrower residential streets.

This trial, it is felt, may well address these concerns.

Another challenge is the ever increasing pressure to keep rate rises in check and reduce the burden on our rate payers. A recent survey has identified that 70% of cars parking in these streets are outsiders to the City of Unley. Pay for use parking is certainly one answer to reducing the rate burden.

Pay for use parking, based on the figures we have, will be a charge primarily on people who are not our rate payers. These people, if not put off by the charge which is minimal (a maximum of $ 4.00 per day during the trial), could potentially make a significant contribution to our income and impact on the rates.

By my calculations if 80% of commuters continue parking in these locations income derived could equate to up to 1% of rate income.

Of course if they move on then these streets will have less parking in them and our residents will feel some release of pressure on their parkign needs.