FAIRY HILLS NEWS
Newsletter No. 21 – IGS Plan and BCC Resident Permit Parking Survey –
30th Sept 2015
Dear community of Fairy Hills and other concerned citizens of Ivanhoe and beyond, this issue of Fairy Hills News highlights the connection between:
The new Ivanhoe Grammar School
Development Plan (approved June 9th 2015), the recently approved Parking Waivers for large scale Multi-Unit Developments around Fairy Hills and the recently received Resident
What are the problems we face with residential parking?
v The new IGS Plan involves building a new minimum 128
space Car Park under the South Oval - with new access from Russell St and indirect access from Fairy and Elphin Sts; The Car Park and other parking on site will NOT however completely meet the demand for staff
parking due to allowances the school was given in the 2000 Plan...
v Unfortunately we fear the new Car Park, (- just like
the other car parks at the south of the school,) will not be fully utilised by staff – as the proposed pedestrian exits from it to the school - are far from the main buildings ( around Fairy St)
and thus will not be undercover. Members of the Fairy Hills Residents Group lobbied Council and IGS heavily to have the NEW Car Park moved further north to join the new proposed 5 storey Senior Centre (
- on the site of the current Benson Hall ) - so that staff could access all of the senior and middle school more rapidly and undercover - but to date this hasn’t been an interest of IGS.
Currently we also have a problem with IGS street parking - because the staff numbers at IGS have been allowed to grow beyond the limits placed on the school by Council in the IGS 2000 Plan. Even with the Russell
St, Elphin St and Fairy St Car Parks full (which they are not currently) there is not adequate staff parking capacity on site.
v And when the new Underground Car Park is built - A shortfall
in on-site staff parking capacity will remain ( - as the school population will increase 20% in size under the new Plan)
v In addition, we seasonally now have a large number of students
parking in residential streets to the point where residents are now finding it difficult to have adequate vision to safely exit Latham Merton, Rose and Fairy Sts because of long lines of parked cars in Waterdale Rd.
v The New Plan includes a major Sports Complex south of the south ground - which will be open to the public before school and until 9:30-10pm at night – The visiting public are intended to use the New Car Park –The capacity of the all of the facilities south of the south ground will
be constrained to the levels which can be met by Car Parking on site – But will these early morning and late night users actually park in the onsite spaces? If
easy pedestrian access is available from street parking to the facility, the restriction times given in the survey will not protect residents from increased regular outside of school hours visitor parking –
Whether at the Sports Centre, at the South Oval (evening adult football teams meet here ) and at the north oval ( Adult sports teams meet here, as well as Saturday school Sport and a private educational lease of the Junior School for Saturday School
). ( This issue around pedestrian access has not been resolved )
REPLY DEADLINE OCT 9th - for Parking Survey - But do we need a MEETING with Council Staff,
before then, to resolve some issues? – SEE OVER
On the next page - there is more explanation and several queries and issues - which some residents feel need to be resolved
before we commit to such a Parking Trial. - If you feel we do need more explanation, please contact our Ward Councillor Jenny Mulholland – who previously agreed to such an explanatory meeting and suggested that traffic and parking
officers involved in the survey should be present. Contact Jenny : 0413986912
Resident Permit Parking Survey and IGS Plan
: 12 month Permit Parking Trial
The aim of the 2 hr Parking Trial : is to find a solution to traffic hazards and congested parking in streets close to the school. Officers propose general 2 hour restrictions
and a resident permit parking scheme around the school. Thus encouraging the staff at the school to park on-site (and senior students to return to public transport and walking to school instead of driving)
This would leave the streets clearer for parent drop off, and improve visibility at intersections.
The Trial includes streets further from the school
for 2 reasons:
- It will help ensure that Parking
Waivers granted to local Multi-Unit developments (one on the corner of Marshall St and several along Heidelberg Rd ) don’t
impact the local area - These buildings in the main have large parking waivers, including for some units, but also for quite large cafe/restaurants –
The parking in excess of that provided in the development is approved by VCAT to be in the residential street
network – We imagine this will be both restaurant and cafe patrons during the day and evening, and also unit owners without Car Parks overnight possibly for weeks on end if they normally travel by train to work.
- IGS Parking moved from streets which adopt the 2 hour limits during the trial is expected to move to the next
nearest streets – Already we have seen that 2 hr limits in The Ridgeway, Merton, Rose Sts - have moved staff and student parking into
Latham St, Waterdale Rd, Rose St, Merton St ( west) and Fairy St; and on the east of IGS – From Russell St to Marshall St, Mervyn Cres, Gilbert
Rd and Linton St,
With these latter streets gaining 2hr parking, the next staff and student move will be potentially be more into
Latham St and Merton St (west,) then Central Ave, and to Elphin and Redesdale (once the Elphin St Car Park is full). On the east, with Marshall St losing all day parking – Mervyn Cres and Gilbert
Rd will be affected more and potentially The Boulevard near Chelsworth Park. So all streets between Heidelberg Rd and The Boulevard are being allowed to join the Trial to prevent the problem just moving on.
Other Factors to Consider.......
Parking Survey Evaluation:
- The council letter describes the evaluation as being on a street by street basis... Wouldn’t it be better to evaluate the east and west parts of Latham, Rose, Merton, Fairy, and Elphin Sts separately?( As they currently have, and in the future
could have, different demands )
- Will residents be informed of the actual results of the survey?
- If IGS starts work on their proposed new Underground Car Park (minimum of 128 spaces) and large Sports Centre will residents lose parking spaces
to construction vehicle Zones and how will this affect the Survey?
Timing of Trial :
- If we have the trial next year, will Council provide the extra parking officers
at this time for enforcement?
- How will IGS cope with staff parking if the amount on site is inadequate (– due to the unauthorised increase in staff over recent years? - and the delay in building the new Car Park) Can it provide temporary extra
parking somewhere (e.g. the land it owns behind the Lower Ivanhoe Shops?
- Will IGS construction zone permits override the resident permits when work begins on the Car Park and Sports Centre?
Should options other than 2hr / 8am – 6pm restrictions be available?
- Would early morning
school peak restrictions of 5/15/ or 30 mins parking over the peak (1 hour), such as in The Ridgeway (east) be adequate to deter all day IGS parking?
- This type of restriction would mean less inconvenience
for residents wanting to have gatherings at their home or to have more than two visitors or perhaps tradespeople. The maximum spaces granted by parking permits is 2 residents and two visitors.
- This type of restriction would also allow part time IGS staff such as music teachers, and ESL teachers to have parking if arriving after the morning peak.
Will it be possible
to get extra permits for special occasions?
- What about stay at home residents having book clubs, playgroups and /or children’s birthdays and other meetings, lunches or celebrations during the day?
Will permits eventually be FREE – why should we pay at all ? (They inconvenience us as well as the school )
After 6pm School EVENTS and Weekend Sport Parking?
- Residents close to the school experience considerable loss of parking amenity due to after hours and Saturday school sport. This occurs at
both the north and south grounds of the school (Saturday - IGS sport, and a private Saturday School at the Junior School; and weekdays after 6pm - adult football / soccer training /events?)
- In addition, The Ridgeway and streets close to it receive
all the parking for after hour’s school events e.g. Parent Teacher and Information Nights, Performances, and Guest Speakers, and potentially after hours Community Use – Should these residents be given an extended 2 hour parking option in the survey?
- I.e. up to 10pm and on Saturdays? This could be useful especially when the Underground Car Park is built to capture some of this parent and visitor parking
- And should parking officers work these extended hours? What are their hours?
IGS will build a new Underground Car Park to service the increased staff and new Sports Centre Visitors at the south of the school ( new main entrance off Russell St ) won’t extended Parking Restrictions in Russell St / Scott’s Parade and Fairy
and Elphin Sts be required to prevent a deluge of visitor parking Saturdays and weekdays between 6 pm and 9.30- 10pm ( The hours of opening for the new Sports Centre ) Surely some encouragement should be given
to park in the Underground Car Park ?
- Ø Current unrestricted parking in The Ridgeway between Merton and Rose and the two spaces in Rose St near IGS ( will it change)
Will IGS staff be able to “borrow “VISITOR parking permits from residents?
- Teachers, who obviously need to park somewhere,
will arrive earlier and earlier to school - trying to secure a park – making Fairy Hills more saturated with traffic at earlier times as staff readjust their schedules
- They will be desperate for a park and very cross when they miss
out – Will they resort to borrowing? / buying? Resident Permits – How does Council prevent this?
- It would be annoying for residents to have the imposition on limited parking in their street if the scheme wasn’t working
Proposal for a Resident Meeting with Staff and Councillors
The Fairy Hills Ivanhoe Residents Group are happy to organise a weekend meeting to discuss all these issues
but ultimately some answers need to come from Council. If the Ward Councillor needs a weekday meeting this will be organised by Council - if you would like a meeting with staff and councillors in attendance
- OR the time to complete the survey extended to allow for such a meeting
- Please lobby your Council.
v DONT forget you can also add your concerns to the SURVEY and call the officer in charge for more information. - Details in the Councils Letter and below
v If you have not
received or have misplaced the letter or would like another Survey – contact the Fairy Hills Ivanhoe Residents Group (as above) for a photocopy or a scanned version by email.
v Brief comments can also be added to the Fairy
Hills Ivanhoe website ( top of the page ) and longer versions can be sent to us by email - to be included if we feel new issues are being addressed .
IF YOU THINK THERE IS MORE TO BE EXPLAINED
Contact your Ward Councillor Jenny Mulholland
or the Mayor Cr. Craig Langdon
Jenny Mulholland (Ward Councillor) 0413986912
Craig Langdon (Mayor) 0401097032
Traffic Dept – Sanjev - 94579864
UPDATES – Fairy Hills Ivanhoe needs your Email
expensive to produce Newsletters every time there is a change in circumstance in issues being followed by the Fairy Hills News - To receive updates from the Fairy Hills Resident Group by email or to assist with letter drops, or discuss any issues in more detail,
contact Robyn Roberts ( 0427949951) firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Simmons ( 0411154914)
Extra Council letter to The Ridgeway Residents
Residents of The Ridgeway received an additional
letter wishing to survey a proposed alteration to parking limits on the east side of The Ridgeway between the IGS Junior School and Rose St. The letter is confusing in parts and appears to contradict
the letter sent more widely to all residents. The future use of restrictions in the part of The Ridgeway near the school’s main administration block remains unclear.
us if you would like a copy )
Eds Robyn Roberts and Paul Simmons - all information to the best of our knowledge at the time of