Squeezed out

Res­i­dents com­plain about tree guards

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By De­clan Martin

The in­stal­la­tion of new bol­lards to pro­tect trees in Ho­gan St has ruff led feath­ers in Tatura with many res­i­dents com­plain­ing about the dif­fi­culty to park in the town’s busy main street.

Tatura Bak­ery and Lunches owner De­bra Rus­sell said she had seen many cars strug­gle to fit in the smaller spa­ces and some had even hit the new guards, but her real con­cern was the slow­ing down of traf­fic.

Tatura res­i­dent Kevin Ryan said de­spite not be­ing a coun­cil­lor any more he had many peo­ple com­plain­ing bit­terly to him about the park­ing is­sue re­cently.

Mr Ryan said the new guards were twice the size of the pre­vi­ous round guards and po­si­tioned so far out into the park­ing space that it had made park­ing a strug­gle for any­thing other than a small car.

‘‘Quite of­ten peo­ple driv­ing are stopped in the streets as oth­ers strug­gle to get into the parks, some even give up half­way through, and many are now edg­ing into the next park af­ter them,’’ Mr Ryan said.

Greater Shepparton City Coun­cil pro­jects man­ager Dy­lan Hes­sel­berg said the new bol­lards were in­stalled dur­ing the past 12 months with two per tree be­cause of the tree trunk growth and bet­ter pro­tec­tion for the trees.

Mr Hes­sel­berg said peo­ple were dam­ag­ing trees be­fore the bol­lards were in­stalled with vir­tu­ally ev­ery tree in ques­tion hav­ing some ev­i­dence of ve­hic­u­lar dam­age.

He did con­firm they had re­ceived a num­ber of com­plaints re­gard­ing the di­men­sions of park­ing bays in Ho­gan St and the dif­fi­culty to fit ve­hi­cles in some of them.

‘‘The new bol­lards aren’t planned to be re­placed,’’ Mr Hes­sel­berg said.

‘‘Those park­ing bays, which were nar­rowed as a re­sult of the bol­lard in­stal­la­tion, may be re­con­fig­ured to en­able ease of park­ing for even a medium-to-large pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle pend­ing the out­come of a meet­ing in Novem­ber.’’

The nett loss of park­ing spa­ces in Ho­gan St is five out of 53.

This was deemed a rea­son­able out­come given us­age of parks in Ho­gan St.

A 2010 anal­y­sis showed that Ho­gan St car parks were only utilised to a max­i­mum of 70 per cent.

Smaller space (right): Park­ing in Tatura’s Ho­gan St has changed since the in­stal­la­tion of new tree guards with many res­i­dents find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get into park­ing spa­ces.

De­bate (right): A coun­cil supplied im­age show­ing the ve­hic­u­lar dam­age done to one of the trees in Ho­gan St.

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