PARK­ING THREATS

Nobby Beach lo­cals at boil­ing point over il­le­gal, thought­less park­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CAMP­BELL GELLIE

RES­I­DENTS fed up with il­le­gally parked cars block­ing drive­ways are threat­en­ing to take mat­ters into their own hands, in­clud­ing tow­ing ve­hi­cles and dump­ing them in the mid­dle of the road. Tem­pers are heat­ing up as the hot weather ar­rives and crowds head for the beach – but a blocked drive­way that locked in an el­derly woman for an en­tire week­end, stop­ping her from vis­it­ing a dy­ing friend, has brought the mat­ter to a head.

NOBBY Beach res­i­dents fed up with il­le­gally parked cars block­ing drive­ways are threat­en­ing to take mat­ters into their own hands, in­clud­ing tow­ing ve­hi­cles and dump­ing them in the mid­dle of the road.

Tem­pers are flar­ing as the hot weather ar­rives and crowds head for the beach – but a blocked drive­way that locked in an el­derly woman for an en­tire week­end, stop­ping her from vis­it­ing a dy­ing friend, has brought the mat­ter to a head.

Neigh­bour­hood Watch con­vener Ge­off Krebs has writ­ten to po­lice and the coun­cil, say­ing the prob­lem is out of con­trol.

But it ap­pears res­i­dents have not helped their cause. Many have copped the blocked drive­ways and clogged streets with­out com­plain­ing – and po­lice say that if they com­plain and are blocked in, then they can act.

The woman whose drive­way was blocked told the Bul­letin that when the driver re­turned and she tried to speak to him, he swore at her and made a rude ges­ture. She was too fright­ened to be named for this re­port.

“I had a friend in hospi­tal and was un­able to visit them and that friend then died that week­end,” she said.

“The driver parked over the yel­low line and it didn’t make any dif­fer­ence to him.

“When I ac­costed him he gave me a dread­fully rude sign and swore at us.

“I couldn’t re­peat the lan­guage that he used.”

The woman said she had owned her Nobby Beach home for more than 20 years.

“Park­ing is­sues are the big­gest prob­lem in Nobby Beach,” she said.

“Some­times we plan on go­ing out for din­ner and then see we are blocked in so we just go back in­side,” she said.

“But that’s OK. It’s only when it is for the full week­end I get an­gry.”

The mat­ter was not re­ported to po­lice.

Mr Krebs said other res­i­dents were not as placid and were plan­ning ac­tion.

“It is not good enough that res­i­dents ... can­not rely on hav­ing their drive­ways cleared for emer­gency ac­cess on week­ends,” Mr Krebs wrote. “I have in­put from one res­i­dent who is so frus­trated their next course of ac­tion will be to have a large ve­hi­cle ... move of­fend­ing cars into the mid­dle of the street.”

Broad­beach of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Paul Hunter said if the block­ing of the drive­way for a week­end had been re­ported, po­lice would have helped.

“If some­one was parked across the drive­way and she needs to get out then we will come and help her,” he said.

If that hap­pened, po­lice would go to the prop­erty, write an in­fringe­ment no­tice and try to con­tact the owner of the car. If the owner could not be con­tacted, po­lice would call a tow truck to have the car re­moved.

Sen Sgt Hunter said po­lice had not re­ceived many com­plaints. “Now it is on our radar we will put it on our task­ings to look at when of­fi­cers are in the area,” he said.

If a car is not block­ing a drive­way but is parked il­le­gally, it is a coun­cil mat­ter.

A city spokesper­son said res­i­dents should con­tact the coun­cil. “City park­ing of­fi­cers will at­tend and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion. This may in­clude is­su­ing a fine where ve­hi­cles are found to be parked il­le­gally,’’ they said.

El­derly res­i­dent: “I had a friend in hospi­tal and was un­able to visit them and that friend then died that week­end. The driver parked over the yel­low line and it didn’t make any dif­fer­ence to him ... he gave me a dread­fully rude sign and swore at us.”

Nobby Beach res­i­dents are fed up with peo­ple il­le­gally park­ing in their streets, in­clud­ing block­ing their drive­ways for days on end.

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