Yellow lines create room to move for residents

Restricted parking in Dunedin’s Cosy Dell Rd has worked well, says resident Mia Warman. PHOTO:...
Restricted parking in Dunedin’s Cosy Dell Rd has worked well, says resident Mia Warman. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
A temporary solution to parking problems in a narrow Dunedin street may well become permanent.

Broken yellow lines were painted on one side of Cosy Dell Rd in North Dunedin this month after a series of complaints about vehicles being parked on both sides, hampering travel.

Cosy Dell Rd resident Mia Warman said she had thought the Dunedin City Council’s response could create a shortage of car parks for residents, but this had not happened.

The 19-year-old law student, who lives in a flat on the street, said the temporary solution had worked well.

The city council’s traffic and parking bylaw regulatory subcommittee considered a series of proposed parking changes yesterday.

There would be a slight increase in central city parks, Cr Steve Walker noted.

Thirty-minute parking spaces would be created for Octagon shoppers from a bus stop being moved and from converting P5 parking spaces.

Two motorcycle parks would be created in Filleul St in the central city.

Restricting parking at Cosy Dell Rd would create a technical loss of 21 parking spaces, contributing to a net loss of 29 parks in the city overall.

Cr Jim O’Malley was concerned those numbers created a misleading impression, describing the Cosy Dell Rd parking spaces likely lost as theoretical.

The changes, backed by the subcommittee, will go before the full council for adoption.

City council transport strategy manager Nick Sargent told the subcommittee issues at Cosy Dell Rd followed the street being widened about 0.5m.

That seemed to result in motorists parking on both sides, including commuters seeking free parking and walking to work.

Cosy Dell Rd resident Ellanor Babbage (20) said the congestion problem had not been evident last year.

More motorists had since tried to use the space, she said.

"There was a period of time where we physically couldn’t get [a vehicle] out of the driveway."

Miss Babbage said the situation had been much better since the yellow lines had been painted.

The council received six complaints in late February from people wanting to restrict parking to one side of the road.

Seven more complaints were received in late March.

Services such as Meals on Wheels had found it difficult to access properties in the street and St John Ambulance expressed concern about poor parking potentially preventing an ambulance attending an emergency.

Subcommittee chairman Andrew Whiley said the temporary solution was brought in for safety reasons.

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