Long vehicle parking again questioned
WITH an estimated 10,000 additional holiday makers hitting the Mansfield district again over this past long weekend, the question of “where do I park with a trailer” has arisen.
Matthew Whytcross wrote to t he Courier over t he weekend questioning the dilemma of where to park with longer than usual vehicles.
“Having grown up in the Mansfield community I still often return to visit,” Mr Whytcross wrote.
“It seems most times when I pass through the main street I see yet another example of the lack of parking for longer vehicles or vehicles with trailers.
“Mansfield is a well-known destination for visitors and travellers, to which I would estimate that a high percentage of these tow a trailer.
“If they were visiting the region for camping, boating, caravanning, motorbike riding, horse riding or just locals with a tool trailer or collecting firewood - it often requires towing.
“In my opinion I have always believed that Mansfield has quite a significant lack of designated parking for vehicles with trailers,” Mr Whytcross said.
“I tow a trailer daily and have passed through quite a lot of towns and communities, most of which have some provision for larger vehicle parking and are well signposted.
“I believe that the Mansfield community needs to address this problem after again witnessing this lack of parking on a recent weekend visit.”
Mr Whytcross snapped a photo during his last visit which shows yet another vehicle with a trailer failing to find an option to park.
However, this motorist created quite a hazard by blocking the merging lanes leading into Mansfield at the roundabout with their trailer.
“Finding a single carpark is difficult enough at times in Mansfield yet I often see vehicles with trailers that park across the designated angle parking bays,” Mr Whytcross said.
“Late last year I saw two vehicles, seemingly travelling in convoy, occupy roughly 10 angle parks on the south side of High Street.
“I have also seen clearly signed government vehicles with trailers that park across multiple angle parks near the post office.
“It seems that the information centre provides the only longer vehicle parking option for visitors with an approximate 10 minute walk to the shops then return with any shopping or purchases,” he said.
“I believe that Mansfield is well overdue to provide some better provisions for longer vehicle parking that is close to shopping, designated and clearly signposted for both visitors and locals alike.”
Mr Whytcross said he had contacted Mansfield Shire Council last Wednesday and spoke with an officer who told him the only longer vehicle provision was at the Information Centre, however, this was not signposted.
He said he had also left messages with council’s engineering and town planning, however, he had not received a reply at the time of writing to the Courier.
“After seeing a vehicle block the incoming lane into Mansfield’s roundabout with a trailer causing quite a hazard, I believe something needs to be done about this issue,” Mr Whytcross said.
Council’s Car Parking Study report of 2008, presented by consultants Coomes Consulting Group & John Piper Traffic states that Mansfield’s ‘ Central Business District is for many the heart of the district and an important ‘staging post’ for those living, visiting or passing through the district.’
In this report it was recommended (4.3 - car parking) that ‘Designating the parallel parking adjacent to the median at the east end of High Street for use by long vehicles ( cars t owing t railers, caravans etc).
Although parallel parking has been designated in this section of High Street it is marked for only single vehicle use and allows for only five cars.
And on the south side of this section of High Street some eight parallel car parks are designated - again for short vehicles only.
The car parking study also recommended council upgrade its signage for short and long term park, including off street and long vehicle parking.
As Monday was a public holiday, council offices were closed, however, the Courier will endeavor to follow this up.