Park­ing ban on hold for now

Canning Times - - NEWS - Matt Zis

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d487782

Cars parked in Agin­court Drive near the in­ter­sec­tion of Pine­tree Gully Road.

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