Parking ban on hold for now
A PLAN to outlaw parking along a strip of Agincourt Drive in Willetton has been delayed to further check how a ban would affect traffic during Willetton Senior High School’s busy drop-off and collection times.
The City of Canning is considering installing ‘no stopping’ and ‘no parking’ signs in parts of the street to address complaints about traffic congestion and poor line-of-sight visibility caused by parked cars on the winding road.
Canning Councillor Lindsay Holland said any change to where students could park, or were currently dropped off and collected from, would cause wider traffic issues in the area and potentially cause cars in the school carpark slip lane to bank up further.
“There has not been enough research done into this and the ramifications could be substantial because of the direction of traffic,” he said at last Tuesday’s council meeting.
He suggested more consultation with the school community and Agincourt Drive residents and requested no decision be made to change parking in the street until at least December.
In a narrow 6-5 vote, councillors agreed to hold off for the time being.
The proposed changes would affect only the Pinetree Gully Road end of intersection of Agincourt Drive, which is bearing the brunt of parking overflow from high school students, their parents and shoppers at the adjacent Southlands Shopping Centre.
Under the plan, residents would still be allowed to park on their verges and cars could be parked on the Agincourt Park side of the road, but not in front in houses opposite.
Cars parked in Agincourt Drive near the intersection of Pinetree Gully Road.