- August 20, 2012
- Posted by: Gail Giles-Gidney
- Category: Update
The 2012 Council election is now only 3 weeks away. My usual engagement with residents has been turbo-charged with door-knocking, street stalls and letter box drops. The email inbox has also been running hot.
One recurring theme has been frustration and in some cases exasperation with traffic and parking.
Higher traffic volumes are causing residents a great deal of frustration as they attempt to find parking in their own neighbourhoods. The traffic gridlock that affects the Leisure Centre, the Shore playing fields and the Chatswood CBD has locals spending time sitting in traffic. State Government mandated density targets mean that without long term traffic planning for developments, such as the Channel 9 site, this will only get worse.
Several residents also expressed concern about Westfield reducing free parking in Chatswood to two hours. We can only hope, and continue to campaign, for Westfield to respond to the negative feedback from shoppers and reinstates the three hour free limit.
Our Council must continue to strive to reach resolutions to these traffic management issues as a matter of priority.
What do you think about traffic and parking in your local area? I would love to hear your views.