Bays to ease park pressure

The Queenslea Drive hospital’s application to expand the foreshore car park to 42 bays for its staff is with the WA Planning Commission because it is within a Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Reserve.

Bethesda provides 130 car bays for its 350 full time, casual and part time staff on site and at Times Square.

The overflow of staff park on the southern end of Princess Road where there are no parking restrictions.

Hospital chief executive Yasmin Naglazas said staff started parking on Princess Road when the Town of Claremont introduced two-hour limits on Bethesda Lane and Victoria Avenue over the past year.

‘Bethesda Hospital has been working together with the Town of Claremont for many years to find a long term solution to parking at the site, and to reduce the impact on surrounding residences,’ Ms Naglazas said.

‘This proposed foreshore development will create 29 new parking bays and bring the existing parking on the foreshore, which is not to the current environmental standards, up to standard, as well as provide more parking for the community and yacht club.

‘A similar DA was lodged by the hospital 10 years ago but was not supported at the time.’

Princess Road resident Darryl Mills said the parked cars blocked his view down the street when he exited his driveway, which was adjacent to a bus stop.

Mr Mills said the council had recently resealed the street and road markings had not been replaced.

Claremont chief executive Stephen Goode said centre and edge line markings had been made and the town was waiting for Main Roads WA to add the white lines.

‘The yellow parking restriction line near the western end of Princess Road has already been reinstated,’ Mr Goode said.

‘Rangers have had a number of complaints regarding Bethesda Hospital staff parking there, but the ‘no restrictions’ on the southern side of Princess has been in effect for a long time before Bethesda started parking there.’

Mr Mills said the council needed to consider extra parking facilities in the area with the introduction of higher density housing and the new bigger council building at the corner of Bay View Terrace.

‘Where are they all going to park?’ he said.