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No parking restrictions will be increased on busy Clyde Rd in Burnside so residents turning in and out of Penhelig Pl will have a better view of incoming traffic.
The Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board approved a plan to increase drivers’ safety during a meeting on Tuesday, addressing the concerns of the Clyde Penhelig Residents Association.
The safety of the Clyde Rd and Penhelig Pl intersection was raised as an issue by the association before the Covid-19 lockdown this year.
However, the board’s initial plan to improve visibility by moving the nearby Clyde Rd bus stop so it was next to existing no-stopping restrictions by the intersection was not well received by residents.
Five submissions were received by the board on the plan, just one of which was in favour of it.
A new plan was then created in which the no-stopping zone was extended and the bus stop was not moved.
The initial plan to move the bus stop was put forward because it enabled four on-street parking spaces on Clyde Rd to be retained.
“It has been considered on the basis of low patronage/usage of the bus stop,” the summary stated.
Association chairman Ian Cumberpatch, who lived near the intersection, spoke to the board about the issue during the meeting.
“The prime reason for requesting the change was one of safety,” Cumberpatch said.
“You have to ease your car out into the traffic to be able to see what’s coming."
The longer parking restricted zone served this aim best and, although he predicted fewer parking spaces on Clyde Rd could lead to more cars parking in Penhelig Pl, he accepted this as “a fact of life.”