West End and Highgate Hill residents have thrown their support behind a proposal to make parking in their streets more accessible, with Brisbane City Council now moving forward to implement a residential parking permit scheme.
Chairman for Infrastructure Cr Amanda Cooper said the scheme would make West End and Highgate Hill safer and more accessible while tackling traffic congestion caused by commuters parking in the inner-city streets.
“Over the past nine months, Council has been contacted by more than 2,100 people about the proposed parking permit scheme with many indicating their frustration about being parked out of their own streets,” Cr Cooper said
“More than 60 per cent of responding residents, business owners and property owners have thrown their support behind the scheme which will see each household issued with one resident and one visitor parking permit.
“Most of the West End peninsula is already covered by designated parking areas that limit street parking to two hours and this is the last remaining area with unrestricted parking.
“Brisbane’s Central Traffic Area has been in place for many decades, preserving residents’ ability to park in their own street and the West End-Highgate Hill scheme will expand on this.”
Cr Cooper said the permit area would be situated along the West End peninsula, with all streets south of Brighton Road and west of Gladstone Road being incorporated into the scheme.
“West End is a bustling inner-city precinct that is well-serviced by Brisbane’s world-class public transport network and Council is committed to creating a balanced parking environment where residents are able to park in front of their own homes,” she said.
“As long as the State Government continues to neglect their responsibility to provide adequate Par ‘n’ Ride facilities in the suburbs, commuters will continue to choose to drive to work instead of hopping on a bus, train or ferry, turning our inner-city suburbs into parking lots.
“Park ‘n’ Rides are an important way to encourage more people to use public transport and Council will continue to call on the State Government to provide additional parking facilities in the suburbs as well as release the findings of their Park ‘n’ Ride review.”
Cr Cooper said Council would now review all feedback provided by the local community to inform the design of the residential parking permit scheme before it is introduced later this year.
For more information, visit Council’s website and search for ‘Residential Parking Permit Areas’ or call Council on 3403 8888.