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AS A MUNICIPALITY
22 FEBRUARY 1859
A CITY JULY 1990
12th August, 2005
EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT AN EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANDWICK WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, TOWN HALL, 90 AVOCA STREET, RANDWICK, ON TUESDAY, 16TH AUGUST, 2005
2 Declaration of Pecuniary & Non-Pecuniary Interests
3 Addresses to the Council by the Public
4 Mayoral Minute
5 Motions Pursuant to Notice
By Councillors Andrews, Bastic, Daley, Procopiadis, Sullivan, Tracey and White Proposed Parking Meters.
6 Confidential Reports
8 Report of the Committee-of-the-Whole
9 Notice of Rescission Motions
Rescinding Resolution to Implement the Maroubra Beach, the University, the Hospital, Coogee Beach and the Clovelly Parking Meter Precincts
11 August, 2005
REPORT BY: MAYOR
On the 26th April 2005 Council resolved on the motion of ALP Councillor Daley that it would implement five parking meter precincts across Randwick City Council with comprehensive exemptions for Randwick residents. This vote was unanimous and thus reflected a consensus of views amongst Councillors on a most contentious issue.
Over recent weeks, I have given a commitment to residents that submissions received during the public consultation process would be genuinely assessed and used to determine whether any of the precincts would be trimmed or increased in size. The closing date of submissions was 12 August, 2005.
It has also become abundantly clear to me, that the present proposal to offer a permit to exempt residents has been widely perceived as a being a form of hidden rating. The exemption is not appearing to be viewed as a useful protection of the communitys accustomed amenity.
Preliminary Assessment of the Received Public Submissions
I have read the submissions received up until last Wednesday, 10 August 2005, and I have made a preliminary assessment.
There has been confusion between Councils ongoing implementation of the Resident Preferred Parking Schemes and the proposed parking meter precincts. Residents have not accepted the argument that the schemes will provide buffer zones around the parking meter precincts.
Residents are very concerned about how personal visitors will be catered for.
There is support for parking meters in the Coogee Beach area as evidenced by some of the submissions and the position of the Coogee Precinct Committee, which was based on the proposed exemption scheme.
Extraordinary Council Meeting
This Mayoral Minute will be presented to an extraordinary Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday 16 August 2005. By this time Councillors will have had an opportunity to assess the complete number of received submissions and make a decision as to whether they support my recommendation.
FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT:
There is no direct financial impact for this matter.
Councils proposal for the five identified parking meter precincts has lost credibility in the eyes of the broader community, non-the-less, support exists for parking meters in the Coogee Beach area. The present permit proposal to exempt residents has not been generally accepted by the community. The Coogee Precinct Committee support exemptions.
Greater work should have been done in integrating the Resident Preferred Parking Schemes with the proposed parking meter precincts
Councillors should assess the submissions received and make a decision.
1) The resolution of the 26 April 2005 contained in the Director of City Services Report 29/2005 be rescinded and Council abandon the implementation of the Maroubra Beach, the University, the Prince of Wales Hospital, Coogee Beach and Clovelly Beach parking meter precincts;
2) The General Manager be authorised to implement a trial parking meter installation along: both sides of Arden Street between Carr Street and Coogee Bay Road; the East side of Beach Street between Carr and Neptune Street and the North side of Carr Street between Arden Street and Beach Street, the north side of Neptune Street, the Southern side of Dolphin east of Arden, the southern side of Baden Street, and the east side of Beach Street below Baden;
3) Seventeen car spaces on the eastern side of Beach Street between Carr and Neptune Street be un-metered and signed as Resident Preferred;
4) That no exemptions other than to holders of Coogee residents preferred parking scheme permits shall apply during the period of the trial due to the vastly reduced scale of the meter implementation; and
5) The General Manager be delegated to implement procedures to ensure that the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club activities, including volunteer and Nipper activities, are not impeded.
MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
5.1 BY COUNCILLORS ANDREWS, BASTIC, DALEY, PROCOPIADIS, SULLIVAN, TRACEY AND WHITE PROPOSED PARKING METERS. (F2004/07401 XR F2005/00171)
That Council set aside any plans for the introduction of parking meters in the City of Randwick.