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15 Jun 2020
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On-demand commuter bus service stops abruptly
Council resists campaign for soap in public toilets
Keep coral trees, says shade tree group
Ownership mistake discovered
Registered clubs re-open to limited numbers of patrons
Her own teeth, a sense of humour and an able body
Landcare group seeks answers about damaged trees
Parking meters removed from implementation plan
Proposed swimming pool removal prompts action
Hardy's Bay hall re-roofed
Closing date extended for comment on facilities policy
'Play space' strategy online soon
Library offers select and collect service
Economic strategy to be open for public comment
Holstein elected to fire management committees
Local picnic spots miss out on Council listing
Safety concerns recorded for Peninsula schools
John Della Bosca honoured for service to public health
Friendship led to career seeking social justice
Peninsula more vulnerable than average to job losses
Check for unclaimed money, says Crouch
Council and national park campsites reopen
Umina PCYC plans to resume classes
Coronavirus puts damper on 70th birthday celebrations
Designs wanted
Peninsula records low rainfall in wettest month
Mutu St upgrade was needed
Exhaust all public transport and current parking options
Council's parking essay must make us all tremble
Planning Statement raises two queries
Issues keep circulating on planner merry-go-round
Planning vacuum fails to consider flooding
Principal asks that children wear helmets
Woy Woy school is yet to reopen to parents and carers
New plan for Year 5 opportunity class
Digital scoreboard installed at Woy Woy oval
Roosters expect to field three teams this season
Netball association frustrated by lack of clear guidelines
Charity bowls expected to resume soon
Leisure Centre re-opens for exercise
Pretty Beach tennis court reopens
Real estate interest led to local development

Council's parking essay must make us all tremble

Central Coast Council's latest essay into the planning field - the Woy Woy parking proposals - must make us all tremble in our shoes (Peninsula News, 1 June 2020 - Parking meters and carpark with shuttle bus proposed).

It would be kind to describe this scheme as half-baked: it is no more than quarter-baked at best.

Is there a vision for the best long-term solution to Woy Woy's parking needs?

No, this is patch-up and make-do, with no overall objective and no sense of integration with all the elements that should be included in the Woy Woy centre.

Has there been a systematic analysis of the type of future development aimed at in Woy Woy (assuming the Council has any aim) and an identification of the parking requirements that will be generated.

No, the best that the report can say is that "it is assumed ... increased development and associated economic activity ... (will result) in increased demand for parking".

As an unhelpful statement of the blindingly obvious, this would be hard to beat.

The population of the Woy Woy precinct is expected to increase from 12,775 to 13,619 (idiotically spurious suggestion here of mathematical accuracy that is entirely imaginary), which is less than 1000 people over the whole timeframe of the plan.

It should, therefore, not be beyond our competence to come up with a plan that meets the parking convenience demands of a small centre such as Woy Woy, given the minuscule scale of the problem.

However, the best that can be suggested is a shuttle service to remote parking garages and metered street parking "to protect customer parking" (how does the metering of parking protect customers?), with the parking revenue being used to fund "other schemes" (an ominous note, given the likelihood that other Council pet projects are likely to get the benefit, rather than Woy Woy ratepayers).

There is optimistic mention of the chimerical $5million promised for parking at the last election, but, when a Council roundabout costs more than this, it doesn't seem like a sum that will go very far, if we ever see it in the current financial climate.

Then, there is the pious hope that train timetables might be changed, although there is no indication of why or how they should be changed, even ignoring the fact that the Council has no leverage over the state transport system and zero expertise in the formulation of train schedules.

There is a tip of the hat to the far-distant Woy Woy Master Plan, but why wait for a plan when you can just as easily make parking decisions on no basis at all?

Finally, there are the dearly beloved possibilities, suggestions and investigations without which no Council report would be complete, implying that a veneer of thought overlies the recommendations without any specific evidence that this is the case.

The Mayor assures us that "this strategy will address commuter parking, drop-off zones, access (to?) and movement around transportable (sic) hubs to support and increase use of public transport".

How? Who writes this stuff?

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