After extensive community consultation, the proposed Manly Resident Parking scheme has been rewritten, with many proposed parking permit restrictions scrapped. Manly residents will now be able to apply for up to two parking permits (which will be linked to vehicle registration and address) whether they have off-street parking or not. And they will be able to apply for a third permit "in extenuating circumstances". The "visitor permit" has been re-instated: one will be available for each household and it will now be linked to that specific residence, but not to a specific car. Linking permits either to a car or a household has been introduced to stop on-selling of permits, which has been a major problem.
Businesses can apply for permits, but they will be limited to one each. Some special issue permits will be available for schools, charities, clubs etc, but their numbers will be reduced and applications must be made in writing. Other changes from our existing system are that only motor vehicles (no boats, trailers or caravans) will be eligible for permits, and the price of permits will rise.
While Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is pushing for changes to Manly’s non-compliant parking scheme (there are many more permits issued than street parking spaces available), the Council has recognised that Manly is different, and will now implement only small and gradual changes to the scheme.
The updated framework is on display on the Council's Your Say web page, and is open for comments until 24th November. After that it will go to Council for ratification.
You can download and view the proposed revised scheme below:
Those residents living in areas with restricted parking are about to have their parking permits reviewed in an effort by the Northern Beaches Council to bring the long-running scheme in line with Roads & Maritime Services Parking Permit Mandatory Guidelines.
Currently there are less than 5000 on-street parking spaces, with over 10,000 permits issued.
The ten areas affected are Little Manly, Balgowlah, Tower Hill, Tower Hill Extension, Ocean Beach, The Isthmus (CBD), Fairy Bower, Ivanhoe Park, Ivanhoe Park Extension and Ethel Street.
The Guidelines state that only residents who have no off-street parking (or a residence that could not be reasonably modified to provide on-site parking space(s), are entitled to an on street permit - and only one.
Also, the number of permits are not to exceed the number of spaces available!
This will be a big task for council staff who will explore the issues residents face in finding parking, while also providing parking for tradies and visitors and regular carers of the elderly or young children.
The first step will be consulting with existing permit holders as well as undertaking an audit of off-street parking options. Current permit holders will receive an email from Council in the coming weeks inviting their input, and face-to-face meetings will be available at the Manly Town Hall.
A copy of the RMS Guidelines are attached.
Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.