Is nose-in angle parking the solution to Dowling Street parking problems?

CHANGE NEEDED: Tom Boorer pictured in Dowling Street - he wants to see parallel parking replaced with nose-in angle parking to free up more spaces.
CHANGE NEEDED: Tom Boorer pictured in Dowling Street - he wants to see parallel parking replaced with nose-in angle parking to free up more spaces.

Nose-in angle parking would be the answer to the parking woes in Dowling Street according to long-time resident Tom Boorer.

Mr Boorer says parking spaces could be increased by up to a third if the council adopted angle parking and wants the community to start the discussion.

“Nose-in, angle parking works perfectly well in so many places, why not here?” he said.

“The street is wide enough to have a lane people reversed into when leaving the park rather than reversing into oncoming traffic.

“You could have bollards so people didn’t run into the curb. There are such big gaps left between the cars (parallel) parking and you could easily get two cars (angle) parked where one currently parks.”

The council’s head engineer, Steve Hitchens, said a trial of angle parking in the central business district was done around 12 years ago but failed to garner community support.

Mr Hitchens believed the trial, which involved different angles of parking, both nose-in and reverse-in, carried out in two different blocks confused people. He said any changes to parking in Dowling Street needed to be approved by the Roads and Maritime Services as it was a regional road.

“I can certainly see the benefit in angle parking,” he said.

The community will experience angle parking in the centre of town soon when the council introduces 45 degree reverse angle parking in Brown Street – from the railway station to Lord Street. What do you think? Have your say – email Dungog@fairfaxmedia.com.au