Less park­ing on Pope Road a pos­si­bil­ity

Com­mit­tee rec­om­mends re­duc­tion of 24 spa­ces to im­prove safety

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

The City of Sum­mer­side has taken a step to­wards elim­i­nat­ing 24 park­ing spa­ces along Pope Road to im­prove safety.

Coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously to pass the mo­tion and elim­i­nate the spa­ces dur­ing Tues­day’s com­mit­tee meet­ing. The full coun­cil will re­visit the is­sue later this month and have a fi­nal vote.

The spa­ces in­clude 12 on the north side of the road, out­side the new Cen­ten­nial Nis­san, and an­other 12 on the south side, ad­ja­cent to a num­ber of res­i­den­tial units.

The own­ers of the res­i­den­tial units and the car deal­er­ship were con­cerned the spa­ces re­duced visibility and cre­ated a traf­fic haz­ard when ex­it­ing their drive­ways onto the road. The Sum­mer­side Po­lice Ser­vice also rec­om­mended the change.

Coun­cil ap­proved the elim­i­na­tion of an­other six park­ing spa­ces along the stretch of road in April for the same rea­sons.

Tues­day’s mo­tion touched off a long-run­ning dis­cus­sion around the coun­cil ta­ble about the over­all park­ing sit­u­a­tion on Pope Road.

Coun. Gordie Whit­lock and other coun­cil­lors said they would like the city to take an over­all look at the sit­u­a­tion on the road and come up with a long-term so­lu­tion.

“I fully sup­port tak­ing a larger look at the sit­u­a­tion. Even though it’s not our re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide park­ing for fed­eral gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees,” said Whit­lock.

For many years the road has been the main artery lead­ing to the Sum­mer­side Tax Cen­tre, one of the largest em­ploy­ers in the area.

That build­ing’s cur­rent park­ing lot has, for years, been in­suf­fi­cient to meet de­mand and while ef­forts have been made to re­duce the num­ber of cars spilling out of the lot and onto the sides of Pope Road, the prob­lem per­sists.

The sit­u­a­tion is also been ex­ac­er­bated by de­vel­op­ment of new com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial units along the road.

Some coun­cil­lors have said, when­ever the topic comes up, they would like to see park­ing com­pletely elim­i­nated along Pope Road and al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments made for those tax cen­tre work­ers with­out a park­ing space.

It has also been noted by some long­time mem­bers of coun­cil that pre­vi­ous at­tempts to work with the tax cen­tre to in­crease its park­ing ca­pac­ity have been un­suc­cess­ful.

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