Council works with community to resolve parking congestion

Burnie City Council is working with concerned residents to resolve parking congestion issues for the streets surrounding the North West Regional Hospital.

On Wednesday night, Council met with over 25 concerned residents who live in the streets surrounding the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) to discuss their concerns regarding increased parking congestion in the area.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said “Since paid parking was implemented at the NWRH last year, the residents of Uplands Place and surrounding streets have experienced a significant increase in the amount of vehicles parking in that area.

“This increase has resulted in significant congestion, making it at times unsafe for residents to reverse out of their driveways or drive down the street. Residents have also complained about disruption to services such as garbage collection. Council has had discussions with the NWRH, asking them to encourage their staff to park in the car parks provided, but with there has been little change.

“The decision to implement paid parking at the hospital was signed off by the State Government and following a Council motion at the March Council meeting, I met with Health Minister Michael Ferguson and even took him on a tour of the streets affected so he could see first-hand the level of congestion. Unfortunately, the Minister is unable to offer any solution at this point in time so Council has moved to the next course of action.

“Residents were invited to a special meeting so we could consult with them before taking any further action. It was an extremely positive outcome, with many residents grateful for the opportunity to voice their concerns about safety, and the loss of amenity in the area.

“As a result, residents have agreed to the implementation of two hour parking in Uplands Place, Coorabin Court, Kalina Crescent and Alkira Court. The parking restrictions will be from 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday. These restrictions will be trialled for a six month period.

“Questions were raised about the implementation of a resident parking permit scheme, but unfortunately Council does not have the authority to introduce such a scheme. This is handled through the Transport Commission. Given that there is already provision for off-street parking in this area it wouldn’t meet the criteria for such a scheme. However, Michael Ferguson did say he would speak with Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding regarding this.

“I fully understand the resident’s frustrations and when safety becomes an issue, something has to be done. It is not the ideal solution, as the parking restrictions will also impact the residents’ ability to park on the street, which is why we had to ensure that the residents were comfortable with the controlled parking solution.

A public notice will be placed in Saturday’s Advocate and the community will have seven days to comment on the proposed changes. Once this period has passed it is expected that the controlled parking scheme could be in place within a two-week period.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net