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Controversial parking rule in spotlight at Cessnock

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Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal will leave no stone unturned in his effort to resolve parking issues in the Local Government Area (LGA).

And, the councillor is now calling on NSW Minister for Transport David Elliott MP and Cessnock state MP Clayton Barr for their assistance in nullifying the controversial, and outdated, ruling.

In 2021, council was required to amend its Parking Enforcement Policy in order to align with the NSW Road Rules 2014.

Prior to last year’s changes, the organisation had adopted a local “three-metre rule”.

This allowed for parking on the nature strip if there was no kerb present and the vehicle was no closer than three metres from the property boundary.

However, the subsequent modifications have led to much frustration within the community.

At the June ordinary meeting, council unanimously resolved to make representations to Mr Elliott and Mr Barr, requesting that some local governments be allowed to put their own parking rules in place.

Cr Suvaal has since written to both parties.

“We’re asking the Minister that consideration be given to include an exemption to Road Rule 197, which prohibits parking on footpaths and nature strips,” he said.

“We would like him to consider a common-sense approach that would allow councils to put in place rules that suit local conditions.

“It was highlighted [to council] that in regional areas, many properties have large nature strips on which vehicles can safely park without obstructing roads or pedestrian access.

“Within the Cessnock LGA, there are many villages and rural communities where parking on the nature strip does not present a risk to other vehicles or pedestrians.

“Hopefully, we’ll receive a favourable response sooner rather than later.”

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