More enforcement needed
MORE parking inspectors are needed in Leongatha.
That was the most common request of community and business owners at meetings held last week to discuss a recent parking analysis study conducted in Leongatha.
In several meetings held last Wednesday, South Gippsland Shire Council representatives and AECOM consultants met the community to discuss the study.
Council’s manager strategic planning and development Paul Stampton said in every meeting, the need for more parking inspectors was a common suggestion.
“Council needs to provide more enforcement, however we do not currently have the resources to employ a permanent parking inspector for Leongatha,” Mr Stampton said.
Leongatha business owner Darryl McGannon agreed enforcement was an issue.
“There is only one way to shift them and that is to book them,” he said.
Mr Stampton added: “If people are constantly overstaying the limits on car spaces, it is important to ensure each car-park has the correct restrictions and the level of enforcement is adequate.”
The analysis also suggested long term parking availability in the central business district was an issue.
“The study found there is a localised area of higher parking demand,” Danny Millican from AECOM said.
Larger car parks in Leongatha, such as the IGA car park and the Safeway car-park are at capacity, especially during the middle of the day.
“Short to mid-term solutions may include increasing the amount of on street parking and adopting suitable parking rates and policies for future development,” Mr Millican said.
Victor Ng, council’s strategic planning officer, said the purpose of the meetings was to inform the community of the strategic planning committee’s findings.
“A common perception is that McCartin and Bair streets are exceptionally busy, especially at peak times, such as midday.
There is also a lack of long term parking and long vehicle parking within the town,” Mr Ng said.
“At the moment, the strategy is still in the planning phase and no conclusions have been reached.
“The heavy vehicle alternative route is also a common issue acknowledged by the Leongatha community.”
Mr Stampton said the redevelopment of Bair Street was not forgotten, despite the heavy vehicle alternative route not yet being finalised.
“We (council) haven’t given up on developing Bair Street without having the alternative route in place,” he said.
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