MOVES to get more Warrnambool drivers to park on streets rather than nature strips has annoyed a cross-section of motorists.
Their reaction to this week’s comments from city council infrastructure director Peter Robertson ranged from “stupid” to “over officious”.
Some readers commented that if they couldn’t park on their nature strips they should be paid for mowing the grass.
Concerns were also raised about safety for cyclists and tight squeezes for buses and garbage trucks.
However, the general manager of contract garbage company Wheelie Waste, Chris Philp, said having more cars parked on the street was not a huge problem if commonsense prevailed.
“We pick up waste all around Victoria and don’t have problems with cars parked on the road,” he said
“As long as we can get access to rubbish bins and trucks can get through it will work.
“Our trucks have mechanical arms that can stretch about three metres, but the bins need to be reachable.
“Bins should be placed clear of vehicles so they can be picked up easily.
“If there’s not enough room for a truck to travel down the street, then there’s a problem with the road design.”
Mr Robertson told The Standard last week it was illegal to park on nature strips and said encouraging parking on roadsides slowed traffic and improved safety.
He said it also helped solve CBD parking issues and was a practice used in other regional cities with success.
Mr Robertson said if people refused to mow their nature strips a council machine would cut the grass, but not with the regularity householders may prefer.
He also suggested vegetable or flower gardens could be planted on the strips if permission was gained from the council offices.