Wayne King angry over his now narrow road.
Wayne King angry over his now narrow road. John Gass

Kerb installation leaves street “too narrow”

A LALINA Ave resident says that his street is too narrow after a kerb was installed along the length of the street.

Wayne King said residents were forced to park on the footpath, which has since caught the attention of Tweed Shire Council.

Mr King said residents of the street received a letter from the council about cars parked on the street.

"The intent (of the letter) was that people would be booked," Mr King said.

"The street is steep so people can't park in the garages so they park on the street.

"People can't walk on the footpath because of the terrain so they walk down the road."

Mr King said the problem occurred after the council installed a kerb on the street that restricted parking availability.

The council's director engineering and operations Patrick Knight said the width of Lalina Ave was 6m kerb to kerb.

"This is a standard width for a low traffic volume local access street," Mr Knight said.

"There were also technical difficulties in achieving a wider street in this location due to the side slope of the road reserve and the constraints of existing sloping driveways.

"The width of 6m provides for two lanes of traffic which may be in the form of staggered kerbside parking with one lane only of traffic being available adjacent to parked cars."

Mr King said Lalina Ave was not a standard street and two cars parked adjacent to each other blocked the street.

"This reduction in width has created an impossible scenario for resident parking, especially where there is more than one car per household," Mr King said.

"Large school buses, trucks and children all have to traverse this street and with two cars parked opposite each other in the street it is actually impossible for traffic to use the street.

"The only answer to this problem to date has been for residents to park their second and third cars, along with boats and caravans on the grass verge between road and fence and for school buses to cut across the grass corners and bog their rear wheels."

Mr King said the council's rangers were targeting cars parked on the grass verge.



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