VIDEO: Council's drawing the line on roadside parkers
RESIDENTS of Hill Close Estate in Clinton might find their abundant street parking comes to an end, and other residents might be able to drive through Sundowner Rd without having to stop and wait for cars driving in the opposite direction.
A number of complaints have been taken to Gladstone Regional Council about the number of cars parked on the narrow road.
At its council meeting this morning, the council's chief engineer Paul Keech recommended two yellow lines on each side of the 8m wide road to stop people parking.
"Whatever we do it is not going to be popular," he said. "This is the best of a bad bunch of options."
But deputy mayor Matt Burnett wasn't supporting the recommendation.
"This came about because it was approved by the ULDA (Urban Land Development Authority) not council," he said.
"I don't know why we wouldn't go slowly. Pick one side of the road and upset one side first before putting two yellow lines down."
Councillors Karen Porter and PJ Sobhanian supported Cr Burnett's suggestion.
Councillor Maxine Brushe said the developers should take responsibility and finish the development with better access to the estate, or retain a car park for visitors.
"Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) should take the responsibility off local government," she said.
"It is inappropriate for ratepayers to pay for this."
But in the end councillors agreed to inform residents of Sundowner Rd about what will be happening, write a letter to EDQ and paint a single yellow line, preventing parking along one side of the street.
Resident Angela Arstall is disappointed by the decision, saying there was nowhere to park other than on the street, because the driveways of most houses were designed as single lane going into a double garage.
"If people have two or three cars in the one house, there's nowhere to park other than on the street," she said.
"When you come down, people always stop at the top of the hill to let the people up the street, and that's even if there's only one or two cars on the side, you still have to stop.
"Even if they put a strip down just one side, it's not going to make any difference, because people can still park on one side of the road, and they're still going to have to stop because it's just not wide enough."
She said the estate had been a "stuff up right from the start" with there only being a single lane entrance to the estate.