Park­ing plea proves hard to keep at bay

Stirling Times - - News -

A RE­QUEST to re­move an on-street park­ing bay in Stir­ling caused fierce de­bate among coun­cil­lors last week.

A Covent Gar­dens res­i­dent asked for a bay out­side his prop­erty and near his bed­room to be re­moved. He said it was caus­ing him dis­tress be­cause of as­so­ci­ated noise and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The re­quest was pre­vi­ously de­nied by the City of Stir­ling. A re­port pre­sented at the March 20 coun­cil meet­ing re­it­er­ated this for rea­sons in­clud­ing it had re­fused other re­quests from res­i­dents be­cause the bays were built prior to homes be­ing built, it would likely ex­ac­er­bate park­ing is­sues and most res­i­dents sup­port­ing keep­ing all of the bays.

But Coun­cil­lor Karlo Perkov moved to re­tain all bays ex­cept for one out­side the com­plainant’s prop­erty and im­plored fel­low coun­cil­lors to “do the right thing”.

Crs Adam Spag­nolo and Suzanne Mig­dale agreed, call­ing for com­pas­sion and coun­cil dis­cre­tion, but Cr Stephanie Proud was con­cerned that other res­i­dents’ re­quests had been re­fused and this de­ci­sion would set a prece­dent.

“I em­pathise with him but this was known when the home was bought,” she said.

“I agree it’s an is­sue if peo­ple are un­ruly but that is a po­lice or se­cu­rity is­sue.”

Cr Gio­vanni Ital­iano said he felt for the res­i­dent but the is­sue had been dealt with last year while he was mayor. There was a dis­crep­ancy be­tween staff’s de­ci­sions so Cr Ital­iano said he chose not to in­ter­fere.

En­gi­neer­ing and de­sign man­ager Paul Gi­amov said he had ad­vised Cr Ital­iano the bay could be re­moved “on the face of it” but af­ter dis­cussing with of­fi­cers found it was not the first re­quest made and there was a park­ing short­fall in the street.

Cr Ital­iano be­lieved if the bay was re­moved now it would cause is­sues and was wor­ried the City would be crit­i­cised for not lis­ten­ing to the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents.

“For the sake of one per­son let’s not up­set the whole street,” he said.

But the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors sup­ported re­mov­ing the bay and re­in­stat­ing the verge at the owner’s cost, with Crs Keith Sargent, Proud and Ital­iano vot­ing against it.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Shuan Hern will show off his prodi­gious tal­ent at the Gov­ern­ment House ball­room in May, in­clud­ing Liszt’s Rem­i­nis­cences de Don Juan.

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