KINGSTON Council says it is considering revised parking restrictions for residents on Lochiel Avenue.
Residents on the Edithvale street have complained about receiving $165 fines for parking in front of their own homes. Kingston Council’s development and planning acting general manager, Paul Marsden, said “council has received a few calls from residents about having difficulty parking in the street. In response to these additional concerns, council will be conducting further consultation to look at any issues with parking on the south side of Lochiel Avenue. The proposal involves changes to the current timed restrictions to allow residents to overstay these restrictions with parking permits.”
“In response to concerns raised by the community about traffic flow and congestion in Lochiel Avenue due to the Level Crossing Removal Project works, in February council conducted extensive consultation with residents about installing temporary no stopping restrictions in the area during peak hours to alleviate the issues,” he said. “The feedback from local residents showed there was strong support for the temporary parking restrictions.
“Council moved ahead with the temporary parking restrictions and notified residents via an information bulletin that signs would be installed on the north side of Lochiel Avenue, between Station Street and Clydebank Road, in the following two to four weeks. Residents were also advised that council would be conducting additional consultation at the completion of the LXRP works to determine if the no stopping restriction should remain permanently. The no stopping signs were then installed on 29 April.”
Lochiel Avenue resident Deon Vlotman told The News last week that “a permit for residents is a solution to prevent us from getting tickets, they can still give tickets to non-residents. What does not help us is that they are issuing permits to build townhouses around us and not accommodating for more parking” (“Fines for parking outside homes”, The News, 26/5/21).