On behalf of the Federation of Willoughby Progress Associations, in relation to tonight’s Item 21.1 Street Parking Strategy we would like to proffer the following comments. We trust that you will give our comments due consideration.
- We have been given just 4 days to comment on this ‘Strategy’. That is unreasonable.There was a Transport Committee meeting last week with a skinny agenda. This report could/should have gone to that Committee first. Defer further consideration of the Report until answers to issues below have been tabled.
- The initial 2010 motion was clear in its intent – “the use of the City’s streets and car parks”. The strategy was required to cover more than just street parking. The Street Parking Strategy needs to be incorporated into a holistic Parking Strategy before exhibition.
- Whilst the suggestion to hypothecate is admirable, the reality is unlikely a lot different. When parking meters were first introduced into the city, a revenue earned was to be hypothecated to public transport. This never happened. Monies raised went into general revenue and more recently into specific projects (not transport related). The method of how revenue will be hypothecated needs to be shown and guaranteed.
- Most residents do not want parking meters in their street. The suggestion to investigate on-line production of permits is innovative and would address this concern. Such systems work flawlessly for event ticketing. Defer until production of online parking tickets can be verified.
- The current Draft Residential Permit Parking Scheme allows for 2 permits per household. The proposal with this strategy is to provide 3 permits (contrary to the RMS Policy). We need to see guaranteed support from the RMS on this suggestion.
- One of the biggest concerns is that the introduction of long-term paid parking in residential streets as proposed would have a follow-on effect. This could see long stay commuter parking up to or more than 30 minutes walking from destinations (in other LGAs a 30 minute walk ‘free park” is already a reality). This distance from destination could be even longer where there is a regular bus service. Details are required on future plans for the extent of Residential Permit Parking areas.