Residents of the interior of the city are chased by commuters around the city in search of a free parking space.
Residents of Hyde Park have complained to the town of Vincent that they cannot park near their homes due to CBD commuters using their streets to park for free all day, then walking or taking the bus to get there. get to work.
The City has been asked to tighten parking restrictions in the area or to introduce “residents only” areas.
Mary Collura-Oldham, a Glendower Street resident, told last week’s briefing that she expected to have access to parking options within a reasonable distance of her home.
“Residents along Glendower Street do not have a street edge,” she said.
“Some residents have rear access options that aren’t always considered safe (and) very few have the luxury of off-street parking.
“Most residents need and rely on on-street parking options not only for their own personal parking, but also for essential services requiring access to their homes.”
She said it was a daily battle to find parking and that on weekends it was “almost impossible”.
“If I go to work or go shopping, it is very likely that when I return I will not find a parking lot within a reasonable distance from my home,” said Ms Collura-Oldham.
“In these cases, I often have to park twice to unload my groceries or park illegally until a parking space becomes available.”
She said one of her neighbors had three young children and often had to get rid of groceries and a sleeping child with no parking near her home.
“As the park and various business ventures become more and more popular, of course parking becomes more and more difficult for everyone,” she said.
“All proposals in the neighborhood should take into consideration the likely impact of such a proposal on parking.
“Most importantly, I don’t want residents’ needs to be overlooked or minimized.
“For visitors, if they can’t find parking, it can be disappointing or frustrating, but it is unlikely to impact them in the same way that it affects residents, for whom parking is a requirement. essential daily. “
The City is planning a 12-month trial of new parking restrictions on Vincent, Hyde, William and Glendower streets.
Vincent Street between Throssell and William Streets would change from an unlimited parking limit to a three-hour parking limit (3P) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
The east side of William Street between Vincent and Glendower streets would be 3P from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and the west side would be 3P from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on weekdays.
The north side of Glendower Street, between William Street and Palmerston Street, would retain its 3P restriction at all times, but the south side would be changed to 1P at all times.
Both sides of Hyde Street between Vincent Street and Chelmsford Road would be 3P from 8am to 6pm on weekdays.