Centennial Ave parking changes

40kzoneChatswood Public School plans to shift some of their students from the existing site on Centennial Avenue near the Pacific Highway to the grounds of Chatswood High School on the south side of Centennial Avenue. This will involve 12 demountable classrooms on the HS land and to address the traffic and transport implications of the change, the Department of Education has requested that consideration be given to:

• Replacement of the existing marked pedestrian crossing on Centennial Avenue west of Whitton Avenue with a signalised crossing;

• Amend the existing 5min parking zone on northern side of Centennial Avenue be amended to ‘No Parking/Kiss-&-Drop’ zone;

• The existing 5min zones on the southern side of Centennial Avenue become ‘No Parking/Kiss-&-Drop’ zones;

• A ‘No Parking/Kiss-&-Drop’ zone be created in Eddy Road towards the eastern end of the High School site to take effect from the beginning of the 2014 school year; and

• The existing 40km/hr school zone be extended along Whitton Road to Freeman, Road.

Discussion on these changes noted that traffic volumes Centennial Avenue west are only half those required for a signalised crossing, so this request does not meet RMS requirements. The parking restriction changes requested by were supported as these are considered to be a more effective means of ensuring a high turnover and short parking stays on school frontages. Thus, the following proposals were adopted:

1. A watts speed hump be installed on Centennial Avenue to the west of Jenkins Street;

2. The existing 5min parking zone on northern side of Centennial Avenue be amended to ‘No Parking/Kiss-&-Drop’ zone.

3. The existing 5min zones on the southern side of Centennial Avenue become ‘No Parking/Kiss-&-Drop’ zones.

4. A ‘No Parking/Kiss-&-Drop’ zone be created on the northern side of Eddy Road between Goodchap Road and Lone Pine Avenue. No Parking zone will take effect from the beginning of the 2014 school year.

5. Council will write to RMS seeking an extension of the existing 40km/hr school zone along Whitton Road as far south as Freeman Road.

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