Nose parking to stop road traders

NOSE-TO KERB angle parking at Apex Oval could take the place of conditions that have attracted itinerant traders in the past.

A report to Dubbo City Council will recommend untimed 60-degree angle parking on a service road to the sporting ground off Cobra Street.

The popularity of the spot for both itinerant traders and sellers of second-hand vehicles, trailers and boats directly prompted the proposal, the report reveals.

If approved, it would be the second action by the council in recent months to stop people using Apex Oval as an unofficial car lot.

Existing parking conditions on the service road have been in place since 2006.

They include no parking on the northern side and no parking during special events on the southern side - which reverts to untimed parallel parking at other times.

More recently the area had become the focus for the sale of goods, a "sensitive issue", council technical support manager Jock Smith said in the report.

It had been proposed to introduce angle parking and make it less attractive for these activities, he said

Nose-to-kerb parking on the southern side of the service road would provide 54 spaces, under the plan.

Mr Smith reported there were funds available to supply and install parking restriction signage.

Dubbo's local traffic committee already gave unanimous support to the recommendation at its meeting on February 8.

The recommendation will be considered at the first works and services committee meeting for the year on Monday.

Late last year the council developed a draft roadside trading policy.

It resolved to prohibit the sale of vehicles along Cobra Street near Apex Oval, with a period of education before enforcement of parking restrictions started on January 21.

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