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RECOMMENDATION to General Committee of Bayside City Council, 17th May 2004, Item 61, Page 53l 
61. BEACH ROAD TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS AT RICKETTS POINT
1. That the allocation of $90,000 provided by VicRoads for traffic improvement works on Beach Road in the vicinity of the Ricketts Point
    Teahouse be noted.

2. That an amount of $120,000, being Council’s contribution for traffic improvement works on Beach Road in the vicinity of the Ricketts Point
    Teahouse be referred for consideration in conjunction with the preparation of the 2004/05 capital budget.

 
GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2004, Item 169, Page 67  
169. INSTALLATION OF PAID PARKING ON BEACH ROAD IN THE VICINITY OF RICKETTS POINT
Moved Cr Beadle Seconded Cr del Porto
1. That the report on installation of paid parking on Beach Road in the vicinity of Ricketts Point be received.
2. That paid parking be installed on the eastern side of Beach Road between Haydens Road and Reserve Road, Beaumaris.
3. That pedestrian operated traffic signals be installed in Beach Road in the vicinity of the Ricketts Point Teahouse, subject to VicRoads’
    approval.

4. That the funding of $24,000 to supply and install three ticket machines,and $85,000 to supply and install pedestrian operated traffic signals, be
    considered in conjunction with a future capital projects review.

5. That VicRoads be notified of Council’s intention to apply for traffic signals.
6. That the proprietor of the Ricketts Point Teahouse be informed accordingly.
CARRIED
[This is as in the recommendation in the report to General Committee with addition of the reference to VicRoads in No.3 and the introduction of No. 5]

REPORT ON 20TH SEPTEMBER 2004

169. INSTALLATION OF PAID PARKING ON BEACH ROAD IN THE VICINITY OF RICKETTS POINT
Charles Turner, Manager Street Services    File Number: SUB21826

PURPOSE OF REPORT

To investigate the feasibility of the installation of paid parking on the eastern side of Beach Road in association with the indented parking to be constructed on Beach Road between Haydens and Reserve Roads, Beaumaris.

BACKGROUND

A report in relation to Beach Road traffic improvements at Ricketts Point was presented at the General Committee of 17 May 2004. See Attachment 1. At the subsequent Ordinary Meeting of Council on 24 May 2004 it was resolved that a further report be presented to a Councillor briefing to consider the feasibility of installing paid parking in Beach Road, between Haydens and Reserve Roads, in association with the indented parking to be constructed. The full Resolution is attached as Attachment 2.
 

Various parking surveys were done in the vicinity of Ricketts Point over a period of time at different times of the day and on different days of the week. On most occasions many vehicles were parked on Beach Road, across from the Ricketts Point Teahouse, although ample parking was available in the two Ricketts Point beach carparks. As the distance to the Teahouse from the eastern side of Beach Road and from the southern carpark is not much different, it can only be assumed that vehicles park on Beach Road to avoid the parking fee applicable in the carparks. Attachment 3 indicates a layout of the parking in the area.

DISCUSSION

Safety Considerations

The safety for vehicles to access the beach carpark will be greatly improved as a result of the dedicated right turn lanes to access the Teahouse and the Ricketts Point south carpark. The funding of pedestrian signals was not approved of by VicRoads, and although the central traffic islands will give pedestrians some protection, pedestrian safety will be influenced by the volume of traffic in Beach Road.

Pedestrian operated signals can be installed if Council is prepared to fund the supply and installation in full. This option is discussed later in this report. The crossing of Beach Road however remains dangerous, even with pedestrian operated signals in place. Parking on the eastern side of Beach Road should therefore be discouraged and visitors should be encouraged to use the beach carparks.

BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING 20TH SEPTEMBER 2004

Banning carparking in Beach Road would be an option to address this problem, but during peak use periods the additional carparks in Beach Road are required so as not to disadvantage visitors and the Teahouse business. The west (beach) side of Beach Road is a “No Standing Area” in this area. The most appropriate way to encourage visitors to make use of the beach carparks, without banning parking on Beach Road in total, would be to introduce the same parking fees in Beach Road as applicable in the beach carparks.

Paid Parking Considerations

There are no houses or side streets on the eastern side of Beach Road in this location, which makes the area unique as the restrictions would not impact on any abutting properties.

The proposal to introduce parking fees could be treated as an extension to the existing beach carparks at Ricketts Point, and would therefore not set a precedent for paid parking elsewhere in Bayside. As such the proposal would not disadvantage any Bayside residents as they are entitled to free beach parking permits, making them exempt from the fees payable in ticket parking areas.

Local Law No. 3, Streets and Roads, makes provision for this in all ticket parking areas in Bayside and would therefore not require any amendment to allow for the implementation of this proposal.

A letter of objection to the proposal was received from the proprietor of the Teahouse. The main objection is that the parking fees payable will negatively influence his business. Although there is some sympathy for his point of view, Council and VicRoads will be spending a total $210,000 on improving the safety of the area, mostly associated with the activity of the Teahouse. The installation of the parking fees in Beach Road is not so much proposed to recoup the cost of the works, but rather to improve the safety in general as discussed earlier.

Paid parking is in place on Beach Road in the City of Port Phillip without apparent adverse effect on adjacent businesses. In Mordialloc paid parking is also in operation adjacent to Windows on the Bay.

A further concern raised is the parking of staff vehicles. A recent survey indicated that about three staff members park in Beach Road. If paid parking is installed in this area of Beach Road, the staff who are not residents of Bayside, will either have to purchase a ticket at $6.00 a day, buy an annual permit for $150.00 or alternatively park in Haydens or Reserve Roads which is about 400 and 300 metres away from the Teahouse respectively. There is also some parking available on the western side of Beach Road, north of the Ricketts Point north carpark entrance. This is not considered to be an unreasonable imposition.

The proprietor of the Teahouse also indicated that the installation of paid parking will negatively influence his business and that he may seek compensation from Bayside City Council on this basis. It would however be difficult to justify such a claim.

BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING 20TH SEPTEMBER 2004

Financial Feasibility of Installing Ticket Machines

The total length along the eastern side of Beach Road where the paid parking would be applicable is about 250 metres, allowing for about 38 cars to be parked in the indented carparks. If three ticket machines are installed the furthest distance a motorist would have to walk to a ticket machine would be about 50 metres, which is reasonable.

Attachment 4 calculates the financial feasibility of installing paid parking along this section of Beach Road. From the calculations it is estimated that a net income of about $21,000 per annum can be achieved by installing ticket machines in this area.

Pedestrian Crossing Facility

As reported at the General Committee Meeting of 17 May 2004, VicRoads did not approve of the installation of pedestrian operated signals in this location. The uncontrolled crossing of Beach Road in this location is however viewed as dangerous, even with a central island in place.

The cost to supply and install pedestrian operated signals in this location would cost about $85,000. This cost can be offset by the income generated from the paid parking in Beach Road.

PROPOSAL

With all the above taken into consideration it is recommended that paid parking be installed on the eastern side of Beach Road between Haydens Road and Reserve Road, Beaumaris, and that the funding of $24,000 to supply and install three ticket machines be considered in conjunction with a future capital projects review.
It is further recommended that pedestrian operated traffic signals be installed in this location and that the funding of $85,000 for the supply and installation of the signals be considered in conjunction with a future capital projects review.

RECOMMENDATION

1. That the allocation of $90,000 provided by VicRoads for traffic improvement works on Beach Road in the vicinity of the Ricketts Point
    Teahouse be noted.


2. That an amount of $120,000, being Council’s contribution for traffic improvement works on Beach Road in the vicinity of the Ricketts Point
    Teahouse be referred for
consideration in conjunction with the preparation of the 2004/05 capital budget.