Traffic & Parking

19 June, 2013


You will recall that I wrote to you on 20 March, 2013 to advise you of the latest development concerning proposed resident parking schemes for Erskineville. The information in that letter came from the Council of the City of Sydney (COS) together with a commitment from COS to follow their plan as outlined in my letter.


COS have now reversed their position and have commenced allowing resident parking to be introduced street by street when requested by residents, and which may well lead to the overflow and other problems that residents enunciated with the initial failed survey instituted by COS in February 2013. This reversal of previous intent took place without any advice to FOE or without any opportunity for input from residents – in fact FOE learnt of the change by way of a copy of a letter from COS to residents proposing a resident parking scheme in two streets in Erskineville.


The latest proposal from COS for resident parking in all urban areas of the city is on exhibition and available for comment until 5 July, 2013. The proposal can be accessed atwww.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council/onexhibition. Click on to Current Exhibitions and then the header Draft Neighborhood Parking Policy.


Given the number of concerns expressed by residents over the initial scheme, FOE urges all residents to read the proposal and make a submission before the close off date of 5 July, 2013. A lack of submissions may well be taken as no need for any action, and no action is not the feedback that FOE has received on this issue as many have expressed concerns.


Councilor Linda Scott, who is an Erskineville resident, has requested that you copy your submission to her by email to lscott@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Councilors are not given access to resident submissions on individual matters and hence Councillor Scott’s request so that she has feedback as to what Erskineville residents want as an outcome to this issue.


To assist you with your submission, FOE provides the following information:


1.      According to Bureau of Statistics (BOS) information there is an average one car (possibly more) to every household in Erskineville (also taking into account households that state they do not have a car)

2.      BOS 2011 census indicated that the number of cars owned and parked by residents had risen by almost 300 between the 2008 and 2011 census. In addition 17.7% of households had 2 cars attached to that dwelling, and 2.8% of households had 3 cars or more attached to that dwelling. FOE understands that these figures may have well increased since 2011 given the changing population demographic for the suburb.

3.      The Ashmore development will have approximately 1600 more residences than available parking spaces, and a resident parking scheme will not be permitted by COS within the development, and nor will Ashmore residents be permitted to have a parking permit for any resident parking scheme that may be introduced in the adjacent area. Hence there is a possible future overflow of cars into surrounding streets if those streets are not resident parking only restricted

4.      Trains ex Erskineville station in peak hour are overloaded to the extent of between 13 and 18 people standing for every person seated – state rail figures. The latest “new” train timetable does not alter for Erskineville and does not provide any additional services. In addition bus services are inadequate. FOE understands that no major change to this situation is proposed before 2017, although it is anticipated that the Ashmore development will be occupied by up to 1500 – 2000 more people by the end of 2014 – and hence a 3 year gap in further possible increased services to cope with any additional population. It is probable that this lack of infrastructure will lead to residents retaining and using cars as opposed to public transport – and hence increased parking requirements.

5.      Submission consideration needs to be given to the required restricted hours in high traffic areas such as streets adjacent to Erskineville Road, and those streets currently used by commuters as a daily parking lot.

12 Nov, 2012


Dear Fellow Resident

If you live in the part of our suburb that is west of the Erskineville Railway Station, you will have by now received a City of Sydney council survey in relation to parking within our suburb.

As a result of approaches from residents. FOE initiated a resident feedback survey and compiled a report in March 2011. A link to that report is below.

Following the approval by council of a supermarket site on the corner of Erskineville Road and Gowrie Street, Council mandated a parking survey within 500 metres of the site as a priority. Subsequently council approved the construction of 20 apartments above the supermarket without mandating provision for off street parking. In addition the original survey of the immediate area surrounding this site was extended to every street in Erskineville, though the streets east of the railway station were deemed to be in Alexandria and not Erskineville, and council refused to change this position to bring those streets into our suburb survey.

Council did not act on the priority it mandated in May 2011 until March 2012. An initial consultant report was produced and in May a meeting was called between council and members of FOE. At that meeting FOE

  • Queried the fact that the report did not include every street as was instructed by council and only surveyed one street with a comparison to a street in Chippendale and another in Glebe. FOE requested the original plan be implemented for all streets but council staff refused.
  • Queried why the report contained recommendations that were not implemented in 2010 – why would they be accepted in 2012 when they were not accepted in 2010? It was then revealed that council staff had made a decision in 2010 not to put those recommendations to council for approval.
  • FOE also stated that any scheme was for residents to decide and would need to have majority resident agreement and that there should be a public meeting on the matter before a final report was produced

 In response to a question on notice from Councilor Chris Harris, the Lord Mayor stated

 “ the matter will be finalized by the end of June 2012”. This has not happened.

As residents know, a public meeting was conducted in June 2012. Following that meeting a final report has been produced and a link to that report is below.

FOE is neutral on this issue and makes no recommendation to residents or council as it is residents that must decide – and that decision must be by way of response to the survey so it is essential that residents do respond by 30 November, 2012.

To assist in the decision making process, FOE supplies the following links for residents to obtain background information:

FOE Resident Survey – March 2011

Final Consultant Report – November 2012

Council Proposed Changes November 2012including information on parking permits

Survey Form for completion

Residents are also encouraged to make a detailed submission to council on parking limits and locations (1 P and 2P) and any other issue that you believe is relevant. Submissions quoting reference 2012/329450 need to be addressed to:


Traffic Operations
City of Sydney
G P O Box 1591
New South Wales 2001

Or emailed to council@cityofsydney.com.au


The close off for submissions is 6.00 PM on 30 November, 2012.

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