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Parking to be restricted on Victoria Street in Morriston

by Mike Robinson

ABERFOYLE - Puslinch Township council plans to restrict parking on a portion of Victoria Street in Morriston.

On Oct. 4, councillors reviewed a letter from Tracy Kainz outlining concerns over parking on Victoria Street.

Kainz asked if a “no parking” sign could be placed on the east side of the road near her home.

“I reside at 16 Victoria Street and have a fairly steep driveway. This is also one of the century homes on the street and my driveway is quite narrow and close to my neighbour’s property.”

She stated that guests of new neighbours are parking in the area, making it difficult to access her driveway from what is already a narrow street.

She noted a guardrail “forces parked cars to be in the roadway area.”

Kainz commented that others in the neighbourhood park on the west side of the road.

While there is currently no sign, she asked that the township consider installing one.

“My kids, along with others in the neighbourhood,  also ride their bikes and this is making it very dangerous.”

The motion before council was that the municipality install “no parking” signs on the east side of Victoria Street and that staff bring forward a bylaw to prohibit parking on that portion of road.

Councillor John Sepulis, who agreed with the motion, said, “It is a narrow road and having cars parked there can make it arduous for some.”

Councillor Susan Fielding agreed.

Having driven that stretch of road, she said she believed the restriction would be a  good move.

Like the remaining councillors, Mayor Dennis Lever also agreed.

“My concern is how it will be enforced through the OPP,” said Lever.

Council subsequently approved the motion.

October 13, 2017

 
 

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Cheryl McLean
October 13 2017 | 11:29
I live on the east side of Victoria Street and like my neighbors on this side have gone to the trouble and expense to create adequate parking to use regularly. Rarely do people park on the east side. A serious problem is large transport trucks trying to make the turn around the corner of Church and Victoria. Often their GPS appears to be telling them the road runs straight through. Numerous times each year, all hours of the day and especially during Highway backups we have to go out to help direct the trucks so they can navigate the turn... because once they have turned onto Church Street...it would be next to impossible to back on to Highway 6. There should be signs to warn the transports before they turn off 6.
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Tracy
October 29 2017 | 13:31
Sadly even with a clearly visible sign in place now there was a car parked directly under the sign this morning Sunday Oct 29, 2017. The west side of the street was quite empty and numerous cars including this vehicle could have parked on this side. This is such a narrow street to begin with. With the comment of transport trucks turning down being the bigger issue I am really not quite sure how cars parked on the east and west side of the street are going to be able to go anywhere when regular size vehicles can barely fit between and have been forced to go around. Going forward it will be in the hands of the OPP to enforce. Unfortunately due to narrow driveways and the location of wells and septic some of us do not have the option to spend more money to make our driveways more suitable. With that said it is quite reasonable to submit a request to the township to assist where a dangerous area has been identified and is affecting Home owners directly with access to their properties and the potential of accidents. Thankfully town council also recognized and agreed with the issue and the sign placement is now up.
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