Issues involving car parking on our estate was the major focus for BeCA’s first Management Committee Meeting held on February 5th 2018. Colin Manderson was there from a local Verge Parking Action Group. Cr Baberowski was also in attendance.
Cr Baberowski has door knocked virtually every household in Bellvista, Bells Reach and Arbour during the recent Council elections and he confirmed car parking was a major concern for many residents in this area.
Colin Manderson had a huge collection of photographs and other evidence illustrating local residents’ concerns over the recent SC Council crackdown on verge parking. He presented a petition signed by many of the ’tradies’ currently working on housing construction in Baringa expressing their disapproval of the recent action of Council By Laws officers with the crackdown and parking fines.
The current laws relating to Verge Parking were created in the mid 90’s when there were wider streets and larger house blocks. Those laws reflected a mid 90’s lifestyle and a desire to leave verge areas clear for the postman and a range of other ‘service vehicles’. Affordable Housing has since become the catchcry as a result of the Global Financial Crisis, and now promotes smaller blocks of land and decreased infra structure costs. Affordable home ownership meant the everyday person could now buy their own home.
Therefore smaller house blocks became the norm. Developers wanted to fit as many blocks of land into an as small an area as possible and maximise sales. Regretfully verge parking laws failed to keep up the new housing estate planning by developers.
Some areas of Bellvista and much of Baringa and Arbour reflected this smaller house block concept with narrower streets and resultant parking issues.
Public opinion since seems to have changed and has impacted on the designers’ planning with apparently fewer narrower 6m to 7m wide streets in Baringa. The public had become aware of lifestyle issues and the need for appropriate parking for vehicles and extended play areas for children.
But still parking laws based on a mid 90’s Australia have not been updated to reflect the newer affordable housing concept.
There was much discussion at the BeCA meeting on the issue but some consensus was reached advocating some limited verge parking (2 wheels to remain on the road) on streets less than 7m in width. This will be the proposal BeCA takes to the Verge Parking Forum on Monday February 12th.
Even with permitting some verge parking, there were differing opinions raised. What will verge parking do to someone’s verge lawn following 100mls of rain? Who will be responsible for any resultant repairs?
Another opinion was that people bought into these estates knowing there were narrower streets and that there would be limited safe on street parking available. Therefore those buyers should now be prepared to live with the consequences of their purchase!
Keep your eye on the BeCA website for a report on the February 12th Forum.
Other issues raised at the Management Committee included Council’s commitment to install bollards around the circumference of Canavan Gracie Recreational Reserve. There was notification from Council of a major upgrade to the exercise circuit at Canavan Gracie Reserve and further improved measures to keep vehicular traffic off the ‘fire trail’ separating Bellvista and the Jill Chamberlain Bush Reserve.
BeCA also learnt there would be an increase to the maintenance schedule on the ‘fire trail’ to keep dangerous grass along resident’s back fences cut.
Following a request from BeCA a ‘Doggy Bag’ dispenser has now been installed at Quinn Park near the BBQ area beside Indigo Rd.
BeCA continues to wait for a decision from Council to remove the turn restrictions from Indigo Rd into Bellvista Blvd.
A concern has been raised concerning the use of drones in our area. Flying a drone within 5 kilometres of an airport is not allowed.