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Parking in Braddon – something still needs to be done

By Alexandra Craig - 16 June 2015 76

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Braddon is getting busier. Well duh, I hear you say. Of course it is. With a new cafe popping up what seems like every second week, new apartment complexes filling up with residents and another huge complex to be built where Lonsdale Street Traders once stood, the suburb is bustling more than ever. Not to mention the people brought in by the new Avenue Hotel backing onto Mort Street. And it’s near impossible to get a parking spot without driving around for an eternity.

I wrote about this issue in September last year, suggesting that the Haig Park car park (next to the Mandalay Bus) be built up into a multi-storey car park to ease some of the woes of visitors. An article in Fairfax media this week reveals that a group of citizens, collectively known as the Braddon Forum, have urged the government to consider a similar idea; an extension of the Haig Park car park half a storey above ground level and half a storey below ground level to tie in with the recently announced $1.5 million upgrade to the area which includes improved lighting in Haig Park (thank you, Andrew Barr!)

Planning Minister Mick Gentlemen welcomed discussion around the proposal, reaffirming Canberra’s commitment to build an integrated transport network alongside the newly released parking action plan.

My position on this issue remains unchanged from the sentiments I expressed in September. There does need to be some upgrades in the way of parking availability. There are several parking spots down the middle of Lonsdale Street, as well as a few bays for U-turns. Recently I’ve seen cars parking in the U-Turn bays which is presenting as a bit of a traffic hazard when their car isn’t taking up the whole bay. It would be quite easy to see the bay at night and to swing in without realising how much of the bay was being taken up by a car. I have no problem with these bays being turned into permanent car parks, but until this is done I think it’s not safe for people to be parking there.

I’m lucky to live about a five- to seven-minute walk away from the centre of Lonsdale Street, however, the punters who can’t get a park have started clogging up my street. Compared to when I moved in 12 months ago, the amount of cars on the street has probably quadrupled – especially in the afternoon and evening. I am fortunate to have undercover parking but many in my street don’t and are forced to park illegally, only to then have the parking inspectors called on them. We’re especially lucky to have a neighbour that takes it upon themselves to put rude notes on cars and then alert the inspectors.

It’s good to see local residents like the Braddon Forum taking their concerns to the Minister. Personally I’d like to see more businesses in Lonsdale Street come forward and have their say. As I referenced last year, Adam Ciaccia from AXIS Hairdressing raised the issue publically but I think it’s time for others to get on board and let their voices be heard not just privately but in public. If a community wants something, they need to fight for it.

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Parking in Braddon – something still needs to be done
dungfungus 2:37 pm 16 Jun 15

vintage123 said :

Maya123 said :

Alexandra Craig said :

bryansworld said :

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

Yeah, but if you live somewhere where your only option is street parking and you come home at night with a whole heap of shopping bags surely you would find it frustrating that the only place you can park legally where there’s space available is over half a kilometre away. Even if it was me and I didn’t have shopping, I wouldn’t like to have to walk through Braddon at night by myself.

Why don’t you have parking where you live? I thought apartments had parking spaces.

Not for long
http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/andrew-barr-announces-new-offset-car-parking-strategy-to-start-in-2016-20150612-ghmqzs.html

Expect most new high density developments along the tram route to be devoid of car parking. This is the only way the government can force people to use the tram.

MonarchRepublic 2:32 pm 16 Jun 15

Felix the Cat said :

Maya123 said :

But I thought present apartments all had parking for residents.

Often apartments only have parking for one or two residents per unit, so if a family lived there with driving age children that owned their own cars or a group of friends living together all with cars then some are going to have to park out on the street.

Exactly. per the code (here: http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2008-27/copy/92042/pdf/2008-27.pdf), a 3 or 4 bedroom apartment need only have 2 spaces. Even in a 2br apartment with 2 spaces, if you get 2 couples living there, each of them owning a car, you already have 2 cars on the street

Tymefor 2:30 pm 16 Jun 15

Felix the Cat said :

Maya123 said :

But I thought present apartments all had parking for residents.

Often apartments only have parking for one or two residents per unit, so if a family lived there with driving age children that owned their own cars or a group of friends living together all with cars then some are going to have to park out on the street.

Fairly sure that’s working as intended.

Felix the Cat 1:26 pm 16 Jun 15

Maya123 said :

But I thought present apartments all had parking for residents.

Often apartments only have parking for one or two residents per unit, so if a family lived there with driving age children that owned their own cars or a group of friends living together all with cars then some are going to have to park out on the street.

pink little birdie 12:33 pm 16 Jun 15

I’ve noticed that parking late afternoon weekend at the Civic end of Lonsdale street is improving now that it’s getting colder. Which is convienent for me on Sundays at about 4pm

Maya123 12:31 pm 16 Jun 15

vintage123 said :

Maya123 said :

Alexandra Craig said :

bryansworld said :

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

Yeah, but if you live somewhere where your only option is street parking and you come home at night with a whole heap of shopping bags surely you would find it frustrating that the only place you can park legally where there’s space available is over half a kilometre away. Even if it was me and I didn’t have shopping, I wouldn’t like to have to walk through Braddon at night by myself.

Why don’t you have parking where you live? I thought apartments had parking spaces.

Not for long
http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/andrew-barr-announces-new-offset-car-parking-strategy-to-start-in-2016-20150612-ghmqzs.html

That’s not news for me. I’ve known of that idea for some time. But I thought present apartments all had parking for residents.

MonarchRepublic 12:18 pm 16 Jun 15

If you are talking about Ijong Street (pictured), it has always been quite difficult to park from my experience. Was particularly troublesome when there was a fire in the car park of one of the pictured buildings – people could not use their underground parking for ages. People made do.

vintage123 11:51 am 16 Jun 15

Maya123 said :

Alexandra Craig said :

bryansworld said :

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

Yeah, but if you live somewhere where your only option is street parking and you come home at night with a whole heap of shopping bags surely you would find it frustrating that the only place you can park legally where there’s space available is over half a kilometre away. Even if it was me and I didn’t have shopping, I wouldn’t like to have to walk through Braddon at night by myself.

Why don’t you have parking where you live? I thought apartments had parking spaces.

Not for long
http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/andrew-barr-announces-new-offset-car-parking-strategy-to-start-in-2016-20150612-ghmqzs.html

Ezy 11:50 am 16 Jun 15

Surely people who live in an inner city apartment without a dedicated car spot would recognise that their ‘convenient’ living comes with a bit of a trade off. In this instance, street parking. Even if there were designated resident parking on the street, you are still going to have to fight all those with a pass for it. From my point of view, if you choose to live in such a convenient spot so close to the CBD – you have to adapt to the lifestyle that you have put yourself in. If carrying shopping from your car is an issue – get some panniers on a bike. Get a backpack and do shopping in little chunks.

Sorry if I sound a little unsympathetic, but people pay to live there. They knew what they were getting into when they signed the papers.

vintage123 11:48 am 16 Jun 15

The substantial increase in construction costs for multi level car parking has rendered many project uneconomical. Carpark construction now requires public private partnerships to stimulate momentum, primarily due to private companies unwillingness to carry any risk on capital projects. This has resulted in an increase in risk adverse strategies as investors hedge their capital through guarantees of return on investment. Ultimately this results in cost blowouts. The example in point, it would not be out of the ordinary for the private consortium to project a $30000 per car park cost within its proposal. As a result such developments are now prohibitively expensive. To suggest a simple addition to a high rise car park is unfortunately not as simple as it seems. Our sweet little mining boom along with the highest salaries in the country, which in itself is the most expensive place on earth to do business has resulted in a constant standoff based purely on the greed of anyone involved. I note last week a single space outside car park in sydney sold for $125k. Would residents of Braddon be willing to purchase their own single street space for $125k, maybe that’s a more viable solution.

Maya123 11:33 am 16 Jun 15

Alexandra Craig said :

bryansworld said :

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

Yeah, but if you live somewhere where your only option is street parking and you come home at night with a whole heap of shopping bags surely you would find it frustrating that the only place you can park legally where there’s space available is over half a kilometre away. Even if it was me and I didn’t have shopping, I wouldn’t like to have to walk through Braddon at night by myself.

Why don’t you have parking where you live? I thought apartments had parking spaces.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:27 am 16 Jun 15

I see a spare carpark in the photo!

bryansworld 11:23 am 16 Jun 15

Alexandra Craig said :

bryansworld said :

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

Yeah, but if you live somewhere where your only option is street parking and you come home at night with a whole heap of shopping bags surely you would find it frustrating that the only place you can park legally where there’s space available is over half a kilometre away. Even if it was me and I didn’t have shopping, I wouldn’t like to have to walk through Braddon at night by myself.

Fair enough. Worth a letter to the ACT Government to restrict parking to residents, or set up time limits, or tighten the limits? Does anywhere in Canberra actually restrict on-street parking to residents?

Alexandra Craig 11:03 am 16 Jun 15

bryansworld said :

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

Yeah, but if you live somewhere where your only option is street parking and you come home at night with a whole heap of shopping bags surely you would find it frustrating that the only place you can park legally where there’s space available is over half a kilometre away. Even if it was me and I didn’t have shopping, I wouldn’t like to have to walk through Braddon at night by myself.

bryansworld 10:48 am 16 Jun 15

Alex, no-one is forced to park illegally. They make the decision to park illegally in preference to parking further away and walking. Parking controls exist for very good reasons, and they will become increasingly important as population density increases. I hope I don’t sound like the grumpy neighbour. 🙂

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