WORKERS and shoppers who use Ellerslie Grove for free all-day parking in Warrnambool’s CBD will be moved on after local residents won their campaign for permit-only parking.
New signs will soon be installed stating “local residents parking only”.
This will make the grove and Smith Avenue, off south Liebig Street, as the only CBD streets where non-residents are banned from parking because no businesses are based there.
The change follows increasing friction between householders and workers in the CBD and nearby base hospital seeking free parking near their workplaces.
Community consultation will start soon to get motorists off nature strips and on to roadsides around the hospital.
City infrastructure director Peter Robertson told last week’s council meeting the large number of cars in Ellerslie Grove followed recent new commercial office developments in the area.
“What we’ve proposed is a management issue,” he said.
“We believe there are ample parking spaces 100 to 200 metres away in Henna Street.”
Councillors Peter Hulin and Peter Sycopoulis questioned what they described as lack of consistency in other central residential streets.
The council will also tackle the controversial issue of parking around the base hospital with a range of options to be canvassed among residents in the area bounded by Merri Crescent, Hyland, Lava and Henna streets. Residents are annoyed by increasing numbers of cars parked all day on nature strips, particularly in Koroit Street, in front of their homes and near driveways.
Hospital management will also be asked to participate in finding solutions.
Recent audits by council officers showed up to 70 vehicles parked all day on nature strips during business hours and up to 25 after 7pm.
The first stage of consultations will be to encourage nature strip parkers to use indented bays on Hyland Street adjacent to the Friendly Societies’ Park about 400 metres from the hospital.
Residents will also be asked to comment on proposed on-road line marking which would provide a mix of short-term and long-term bays for residents, business operators and all-day workers.
In December parking officers will start enforcing rules which ban parking on nature strips.
“Once adequate time has passed we will enforce the prohibition of parking on nature strips in the area surrounding the hospital precinct,” Mr Robertson’s report said. He estimated the project would cost $16,000.
A further report will be provided next year with other proposals which could include developing a new public parking permit policy around the hospital area to clarify rules for resident parking and nature strips.
Earlier this month, Mr Robertson said his preference was to eliminate nature strip parking. He said statewide trends showed having vehicles parked on roadsides was a cost-effective method of slowing traffic and improving safety.