Lakeside Crescent parking

Principal Petitioner Lauren Gould, Forest Lake
Date Closed Fri, 20 Oct 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 6 signatures

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Residents draw the attention of Brisbane City Council to the lack of car parking on Lakeside Crescent, Forest Lake, for school pick-ups and special occasions, for example, school fete, markets, use of park undercover areas. It makes it a hazard to get out of our driveway #79 with cars parked on both sides of the street and sometimes parked so close to the roundabout, making cars to stop mid-way through the roundabout to give way to on-coming traffic.

Your petitioners therefore request for some reduction in parking so that the parked cars do not interfere with the flow of traffic and the residents trying to get in and out of their driveways.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting a change to parking conditions on Lakeside Crescent, Forest Lake.

The petitioners’ comments about vehicles parking on either side of the road have been noted. Lakeside Crescent is approximately 7.5 metres wide. Although this width is not ideal, the impact on traffic efficiency is not considered an issue on neighbourhood access roads such as Lakeside Crescent as parked vehicles help to encourage a low speed environment. It is expected that drivers will take care when navigating and passing parked and oncoming vehicles.

The petitioners’ comments about parking facilities at the local school have been noted. In June 2014, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk established the independent Brisbane Parking Taskforce (the Taskforce) to advise Council how to respond to parking issues and to best manage on-street parking in the future. The Taskforce included representatives from RACQ, P&Cs Queensland, National Retail Association, Multicap, Taxi Council Queensland, Transport Workers Union, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Parking Australia and Council’s Transport for Brisbane, who reviewed more than 1,100 submissions from residents, schools and businesses.

In response to many school traffic and parking related issues contained in submissions, the Taskforce recommended that all Brisbane schools develop and implement their own traffic and parking management plan using a template prepared by Council. Using Council’s School Traffic Management Plans (TMP) template offers the benefit of establishing a more consistent approach to parking and traffic management across Brisbane schools, while allowing flexibility for schools to address specific local challenges.

Council officers worked with Grand Avenue State School to complete their TMP which was finalised in February 2017. In support of the school's TMP, Council has:

- installed enhanced school loading zone signage at the school's loading zones on Grand Avenue and Centennial Way to help motorists identify designated school drop off and pick up locations

- implemented short-term, 15-minute parking limits at the school’s car park on Centennial Way, and along Grand Avenue, to improve access to short term opportunities for parents and carers who need to park and sign prep students in and out from classrooms

- marked parking bays on parts of Centennial Way to clearly show where parking is permitted.

In addition, Grand Avenue State School was on Council’s 2017 Term 1 priority school enforcement program. The school was included in this program to address feedback from the community about parents and carers from the school unlawfully double parking, and parking in loading zones longer than permitted, across driveways, in bus stops and ‘No Stopping’ zones during morning and afternoon drop off and pick-up times. Council inspections following the program showed good compliance with on-street parking road rules.

As part of the school’s TMP, Council provided them with example newsletter items for regular placement in their newsletter. These items serve to remind parents and carers about safe driving and parking practices and how they can contact Council for enforcement.

As part of their commitment to minimise the impacts of its parking on neighbouring residents, the school encourages residents who contact them about motorists unlawfully stopping across driveways to phone Council’s Contact Centre on (07) 3403 8888. The Contact Centre will notify Council’s Suburban Safety and Parking Compliance Officers of the problem.

Concerns were noted in the school’s TMP about motorists unlawfully queuing through roundabouts and performing illegal manoeuvres. Similar to illegal parking, the school encourages residents and/or motorists who observe these unsafe and illegal behaviours to notify the Queensland Police Service by phoning Policelink on 131 444.

In response to feedback from the school community, Councillor Charles Strunk, Councillor for Forest Lake Ward, is undertaking consultation with directly affected residents of Lakeside Crescent to identify any localised parking restrictions (specifically yellow lines) which could be installed to improve safety at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Lakeside Crescent.

Thank you for raising this matter.