August 22 The Sutherland Shire Council introduced four hours limited parking at the Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre car park to eliminate all day parking by railway commuters. Leaving commuters to park elsewhere.
The aim of this endorsed change in parking circumstances is targeted at returning this parking area to the Leisure Centre users, with particular consideration to parents with young children, those with prams and strollers or those using mobility aids. Previously the parking facility has been taken up and used by local commuters parking and leaving their cars for as long as a whole day.
“Council staff were alerted to the fact that parents could not find parking in the middle of the day or early afternoon as they brought their children for swimming lessons etc.”
“So following this Council’s traffic committee assessed the situation and recommended that timed parking be introduced.”
“Council then produced a plan of action and steps to inform existing users.” Sutherland Shire Council, D Ward.
The Sutherland Shire Council has recently introduced the four hour limited parking which will apply from 7am to 6pm, seven days a week, on all two hundred plus parking spaces in the sealed parking area.
A report by the Services Committee recommended, “if legal”, leaflets be placed on the windscreens of vehicles for two days during the week the signage was erected.
It is evident the need for more commuter car parking at Sutherland is a huge issue and often there is no parking spots within a suburbs radius.
“I don’t know where I will be able to get a parking spot in the morning before I catch the train to work, I often can’t see any spaces in parking from Sutherland to Loftus and Sutherland to Kirawee, it worries me where will I park before work, though I do understand it is vital the parking is available for the Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre users during the day”- Campbell B, commuter.
The Council and leisure Center are not yet able to say if the time parking is effective as the endorsed trial period has not been completed and not all data has been collected yet.
I believe this news story was “newsworthy” as it is a current local issue happening now, I interviewed the people I did to show the different perspectives of the story for example, what the public think and the council.