SUMMERSIDE – Summerside city council has voted to eliminate seven parking spaces on Greenwood Drive, near the Summerside Tax Centre following a complaint from a local business owner.
Councillor Tina Mundy raised the issue at a police committee meeting Tuesday night.
A representative of Wiebel Aerospace, located at 175 Greenwood Drive, approached the city concerning a parking issue and its effects on tractor-trailer movement at the business.
Mundy said the parking ban was being sought because tractor-trailer drivers have difficulty entering the business to make deliveries.
“In some cases the driver of the delivery vehicle cannot make deliveries when this street is inundated with parked vehicles on both sides of the street,” she said in reading the supporting explanation for the recommendation. “There is also concern when leaving the Wiebel Aerospace property onto Greenwood Drive; it is difficult for drivers to see oncoming traffic.”
The recommendation calls for a 100-foot stretch on the east side of Greenwood Drive to be designated as a no parking zone. This stretch of road also includes three driveways.
Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall said he had been contacted about this issue and said has no problem in agreeing with the recommendation but added there has been a long-standing parking issue in that area involving staff of the Summerside Tax Centre.
“The big picture is we have a major problem with parking,” he said, “on both sides of Greenwood Drive and both sides on Pope Road and it’s a great problem to have but how can we work with the Summerside Tax Centre to come up with parking areas? Are there any options?”
Councillor Peter Holman said Summerside developer Peter Brown owns land near the tax centre and has proposed to use it for parking.
“Mr. Brown is presently having some conversations with some of the individuals at the tax centre, putting a proposal together to possibly establish parking somewhere handy to the tax centre on land that he owns,” Holman said. “However, it appeared as though, based on statistics from right across the country, there is more than ample parking at the tax centre so they weren’t too excited about pursuing any other avenue.”
MacDougall said he has received calls from individuals at the tax centre who are concerned about the parking issue. Some complained to the deputy mayor that they have been ticketed by police.
Councillor Jim Steele said there had been discussion in the past about allowing tax centre employees to park in one of the Credit Union Place parking lots and taking a shuttle to the tax centre.
Poirier said there were talks surrounding that option but he was uncertain how far those talks had progressed.