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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Cessnock parking proposal on public exhibition

Cessnock City Council’s (CCC) Parking Enforcement Policy is now on public exhibition.

The proposal aims to manage residents’ safety, traffic flow and provide equitable access to available parking spaces.

The current strategy has been reviewed, with a number of changes being suggested, including:

* Removal of “the three-metre rule”;

* Updates to align with council’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy;

* Additional plain English examples of offences related to school zones, footway parking and general parking offences;

* Increased emphasis on education campaigns; and

* Other minor typographical and formatting changes.

The three-metre rule is unique to the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) and allows vehicles to park on the nature strip (where there is no kerb and gutter) as long as a three-metre unobstructed space exists between the parked car and the front property boundary.

Council has recognised that the current regulation has resulted in some confusion for the community.

Recent legal advice obtained by CCC advised “the three-metre rule” should be removed from its policy to ensure compliance with the Road Rules 2014.

Council’s general manager Lotta Jackson said the primary objective of the policy was about keeping the community safe.

“Council is responsible for enforcing parking legislation across the Cessnock LGA on behalf of the NSW Government,” she explained.

“The changes proposed are aimed at making the policy more consistent and to provide clarity for local drivers.”

Once the policy is adopted, council will undertake a parking education campaign to ensure residents are aware of the alterations.

A grace period will also apply for the enforcement of the new policy.

For more information on the project, and to access a copy of the draft policy, visit council’s website.