No stopping signs to stay
A DISPUTE over the placement of no stopping signs at the western end of Coral Esplanade has disturbed the cul-de-sac’s peacefull idyll in recent months.
The issue came to a head at the February 11 council meeting, with council voting unanimously to “retain, and where removed, immediately re-instate the no standing signs at the cul-de-sac area of Coral Esplanade in order to ensure the safety of road users and to provide unobstructed access to emergency vehicles.”
Before the issue was voted upon, Coral Esplanade resident Andrew Marshall questioned the installation of the signs and council received a petition from residents and visitors regarding the removal of the no stopping signs.
Mr Marshall said that turning in the cul-de-sac had never been a problem in the 100 year history of the street.
He was also worried that council did not understand the signage they had erected.
“Council seems to have missed the point that the ‘S’ sign is a ‘No Stopping’ sign and not a ‘No Standing’ sign. (No standing signs) don’t exist anymore and therefore this is going to prevent access to people’s homes,” he said.
A "No Stopping” sign means no stopping, at any time, not even to quickly drop someone off.
“The reason why we’re all up in arms is because we can’t park anywhere else. It’s illegal to park in Coral Esplanade because the road is too narrow. Parking in the culde-sac is therefore critical.”
But not everyone wants to see the signs gone. Long term Coral Esplanade resident Mickey Rage said the cul-de-sac needed to be kept free of vehicles for safety and access concerns.
“Vehicles need to be able to go around in one go,” Mr Rage said.
“If there’s an ambulance or fire truck that’s in the culde-sac and he’s got to do a 7 or 9 point turn, it’s going to slow him down.
“For other people that live down the road that’ve got boat trailers; it’s difficult for them to turn there if there are vehicles parked there.
“At the end of the day, all over this nation, it’s illegal to park at the end of a cul-desac anyway.”
The signs have been removed and erected three times since late 2014, after they were initially installed following a complaint from a resident.
A council report noted that a section of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 2009 states “cars parked in a cul- de-sac will unreasonably obstruct the path of other vehicles trying to make a turn.”
In correspondence with Mr Marshall, Councillor Clifford stated that the whole process had been “handled incorrectly”.
During the February 11 meeting, Councillor Atkinson took a dim view of the dispute. “I think there’s been a lot of childish behaviour going on down there on the esplanade,” he said.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said a response would go out to all affected residents informing them of council’s decision.
NOT HAPPY: Coral Esplanade residents Robina Mealey, Sheena Barrett, Sue Cobham, Andrew Marshall, Sheila Cars, Heather Marshall, Bryan Harries, Brigette Robbiard, Jane Harries, Elmer Ten Haken, Wendy Gordon, Carla Whelan, David and Linda Howells and Brian Whelan want the signs in their cul-de-sac removed.