Independent hospital parking report released

Friday, 23 June 2017

Lismore City Council will consider a report recommending changes to paid parking in the streets around Lismore Base Hospital at its next Council meeting on 11 July.

Lismore City Council engaged an independent parking consultant in April this year to undertake an audit on the effectiveness of the on-street paid parking implemented a year ago to support the redevelopment of the Lismore Base Hospital. The engagement of the parking consultant followed a sustained community campaign against the paid parking changes introduced at the hospital in July 2016.

Council's Manager Development and Compliance Peter Jeuken said the changes had been controversial and the dislocation of hospital staff parking to areas around Diadem Street and Orion Street had generated genuine concerns from residents in affected streets. He said those concerns were reflected in the report along with many other community views.

“The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) guidelines for paid parking schemes recommend an audit to be undertaken after six months to ensure the appropriateness and effectiveness of what has been implemented,” Mr Jeuken said.

The independent parking audit report has recommended the following changes:

  • Hunter Street (Laurel Avenue to Orion Street) – convert two-hour paid parking to all-day paid parking, with a rate of $2/day consistent with Dalziell Street;
  • Uralba Street northside (Hunter Street to Diadem Street) – convert from two-hour Restricted Free Parking to four-hour Restricted Free Parking; and
  • Install ‘No Stopping’ signs on both sides of Bent Street.

The independent parking report recommends these parking changes be monitored following implementation to consider other options if desired occupancy rates are not being achieved.

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