Growing pain over bollards

October 11, 2017

A council supplied image showing the vehicular damage done to one of the trees in Hogan St, Tatura.

Many car drivers struggle to fit in the smaller spaces and some have even hit the new tree guards

The installation of new bollards to protect trees in Hogan St, Tatura, has caused upset with many residents complaining about the difficulty to park in the town’s busy main street.

Tatura Bakery and Lunches owner Debra Russell has seen many cars struggle to fit in the smaller spaces and some have even hit the new guards, but her real concern is the slowing down of traffic it has caused.

Tatura resident Kevin Ryan said though he was not a councillor any more, many people had complained to him about the parking issue recently.

Mr Ryan said the new guards were twice the size of the previous round guards and positioned so far out into the parking space it had made parking a struggle for anything other than a small car.

‘‘Quite often people driving are stopped in the street as others struggle to get into the parks,’’ he said.

‘‘Some even give up halfway through and many are now edging into the next park after them.’’

City of Greater Shepparton projects manager Dylan Hesselberg said the new bollards were installed during the past 12 months with two to a tree because of the tree trunk growth and better protection of the trees.

Mr Hesselberg said people were damaging trees before the installation with almost every tree having some evidence of damage.

He did confirm council had received a number of complaints regarding the dimensions of parking bays in Hogan St and the difficulty to fit vehicles in some of them.

‘‘The new bollards aren’t planned to be replaced,’’ Mr Hesselberg said.

‘‘Those parking bays which were narrowed as a result of the bollard installation may be reconfigured to enable ease of parking for even a medium to large passenger vehicle, pending the outcome of a meeting in November.’’

The loss of five out of 53 parking spaces in Hogan St was deemed a reasonable outcome, given usage of parks in the street.

A 2010 analysis showed Hogan St car parks were used only to a maximum of 70percent.

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