Comments from Elphin St
6th October 2015
The Transport Engineer
Mr Sanjev Siva
Banyule City Council
PO Box 51
Ivanhoe, Vic 3079
Re: Traffic Survey – Ivanhoe Grammar School Parking
From the perspective of an Elphin Street resident and further to our completed survey
form mailed to you last week, we wish to add these further points of view.
1.) As stated our primary preference is not to have any parking restrictions in Elphin Street as a resident permit scheme will be an additional inconvenience and
burden to us.
2.) Based on our observations from living opposite the entrance to the IGS southern car park in Elphin Street, we know that there are only one or two part time teaching staff who regularly park in the street and there is
no great issue at present.
However our concern is that if the other nearby streets have parking restrictions introduced, then that would cause other staff and students who choose to park in the nearby streets to then migrate into Elphin Street.
Therefore we feel that we have no practical or alternative choice in the matter but to go along with the trial.
We know from talking to those few staff who park in Elphin Street that the IGS could manage their on-site parking much better
and the management are not proactive in encouraging staff to use the onsite parking facilities by offering access swipe cards to part time and temporary staff for opening the security gates to access the southern car park.
The on-site parking in the
southern car park is generally significantly under utilised during school times and yet some part time staff park in Elphin Street.
3.) Since the parking issue is not of the resident’s making (but due to the IGS) then we feel that
if permanent restrictions are adopted then residents should still not be charged the fees tabled in Banyule Council’s Residential Parking Permit Policy.
4.) Details of the survey should be made available to all residents in the areas
Also as a gesture of good will, the analysis of the survey and the parking trial data should be carried out by an independent body and the details made public.
5.) The proposed parking restrictions (times) in Elphin Street
will do little to mitigate the short term parking congestion caused by IGS parents and other members of the school community attending special events either during school hours or after hours and weekends; such as swimming carnivals, concerts and musical performances
These regularly occur, create extreme parking havoc and impact on local residents even though they might only last for a few hours.
We do acknowledge however that this year there has been a genuine improvement and effort by the IGS to have
the security gate open after normal school hours on weekdays for music group parking at Locksley.
6.) The matter of the closed security gates at the IGS car park entrance in Elphin Street during school hours until 3:00 pm
contributes numerous street parking and traffic problems including;
- Delivery vehicles having no access for delivery and unloading of goods to the Locksley Arts Centre and often wait in
the street whilst waiting for a staff member to be contacted to open the gate or frequently having to unload in the street,
- Certain contractors vehicles having nowhere to park whilst working
on site (with the exception of the swimming pool),
- Parents visiting the Locksley Arts Centre before 3:00 pm having no option but to park in Elphin Street.
the while we observe there are many unfilled parking places available inside the car park area whilst parents and other visitors are forced to park in Elphin Street, thus limiting any street parking available for local resident’s visitors.
reason given by the IGS for keeping the gates closed for security purposes is inconsistent with the gates then being opened automatically from 3:00 pm until later in the evening on weekdays.
A general visitor/contractor parking area plus
an unloading area needs to be made available within the southern car park area and the gates remain open during normal hours to facilitate such matters.
7.) The restrictions will not avoid the need for Council and the school to address
the matter for providing separate on site parking for contractors vehicles during the construction of major projects like the proposed Sports Centre. From our experience with the Locksley Arts Centre renovations where even the onsite car park was largely part
of the construction area, the impact on Elphin Street was very significant from not only contractor’s vehicles but also heavy equipment and materials unloading. A repeat of such issues must be avoided with other construction projects.
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