Willetton: Council holds off on Agincourt Drive parking ban decision

Cars parked along Agincourt Drive in Willetton are causing sight-line and safety issues, residents claim. Picture: David Baylis
Cars parked along Agincourt Drive in Willetton are causing sight-line and safety issues, residents claim. Picture: David Baylis

A PLAN to outlaw parking along a strip of Agincourt Drive in Willetton has been delayed to further check how a ban would affect traffic during Willetton Senior High School’s busy drop-off and collection times.

The City of Canning considering installing ‘no stopping’ and ‘no parking’ signs in parts of the street to address complaints about traffic congestion and poor line-of-sight visibility caused by parked cars along the winding road.

Canning Councillor Lindsay Holland feared any change to where students could park or were currently dropped off and collected from would cause wider traffic issues in the area, potentially causing traffic in the slip lane to the school car park to bank up even further.

“There has not been enough research done into this and the ramifications could be substantial because of the direction of traffic,” he said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

He suggested further consultation with the school community and residents of Agincourt Drive and requested no decision be made to change parking in the street until at least December.

In a narrow vote, 6-5, councillors agreed to hold off.

The proposed changes would affect only the Pinetree Gully Road end of intersection of Agincourt Drive, which is bearing the brunt of parking overflow from high school students, their parents and shoppers at the adjacent Southlands Shopping Centre.

Under the plan residents would still be allowed to park on their verges and cars could still be parked on the Agincourt Park side of the road, but not in front in houses opposite.