THE City of Swan have voted to proceed with consultation regarding parking on Stirling Street in Guildford after revoking a previously-adopted motion that effectively banned parking on the street.
In Parking Ban Puzzling Guildford (Echo News, June 12), resident Andrew Davison and business owner Michael Noonan voiced their concern that Councillor Andrew Kiely undertook his own consultation regarding banning parking on the southern side of Stirling Street, rather than the City.
While Cr Kiely defended his consultation at the time, chief executive Mike Foley said the City, rather than councillors, would typically consult residents if it was proposing the installation of parking signs.
The officer’s comment on the motion did not seem to endorse the motion, noting that staff did not believe parking behaviours along the southern verge of Stirling Street were excessive or causing hazard or disruption to road users, cyclists or pedestrians.
Despite this the motion was passed unanimously.
However at council’s meeting on July 29, Mayor Kevin Bailey moved a revocation motion, stating there was sufficient room on the street to allow parking on the southern side of Stirling Street.
He said Cr Kiely’s consultation was outside the role of a councillor, and said some residents were aggrieved by being approached by Cr Kiely during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The revocation motion was successful, and an alternative motion was passed that will see the City consult with surrounding residents over parking on Stirling Street, and if any objections are received during the consultation, the matter would be considered at a future council meeting.
Business owner Michael Noonan, who objected to Cr Kiely’s consultation, said it was about time common sense prevailed.
“It is about time some consistency was applied to parking in Guildford,” he said.
“I’m glad the City are proceeding with this, it would seem to be the sensible option to do some official consultation with the council, rather than the ad-hoc consultation of an Altone Ward councillor.”