Improving Safety & Traffic Flows in Church Street

Bellingen residents will notice a recent change in the parking arrangements in the Telstra car park lane leading off Church Street, which involves the restriction of parking on the north side of this lane.

This matter was reported to, and considered by the Traffic Committee following resident complaint, which identified that there was inadequate road width available for the safe egress into and out of the Telstra car park, posing risks to pedestrians and a high likelihood of minor vehicle accidents. The Traffic Committee decided that the parking along the lane would need to be restricted to one side.

Council’s Deputy General Manager Operations, Matt Fanning said, “Council is aware of the value of parking spaces in the Bellingen CBD and is actively working on developing strategies to improve the availability of spaces in the CBD. Various options were considered to minimize the impact of this change, which affects four car parking spaces. However the safety of pedestrians and ability for vehicles to access the Telstra Carpark needed to be addressed.”