Anger over parking at Bella Vista Farm

KEITH Bensley, president of Friends of Bella Vista Farm, is fed up with business park workers using the historic parkland as a car park.

Having to turn away a bus of 50 tourists two weeks ago was the last straw. "We can lock the gate or put up signs if the nice approach doesn't work," he said. "There's no reason [The Hills] Council couldn't put in a two-hour limit."

He said the car park was for 40 to 50 vehicles but drivers also double-parked.

The council's spokesman said: "As this is a public car park without restrictions motorists are free to use the car park at Bella Vista Farm provided they do not break general rules."

Lack of parking in the business park came up at a recent council meeting, with Cr Yvonne Keane asking for a review of parking ratios.

She was told the council had "higher parking ratios than anywhere else" and "we do keep it under review".

The council's spokesman said there would be a traffic study at Bella Vista Farm Park in coming weeks to see how the car park was used. Mr Bensley felt Woolworths workers may be parking there.

Many people on Nightmare on Lexington — a Facebook page for people upset with traffic in the business park — agree, adding it was placing a strain on roads. "Woolworths' head office is cramming in hundreds of extra cars by valet parking them three-deep," one man posted. He said Woolworths had just employed 400 more staff in Bella Vista and was set to hire another 400.

Woolworths said they provide about 3800 jobs.

"Road and transport infrastructure concerns us and we try to minimise our impact on the area with car-pooling and bicycles," its spokeswoman said.

ONE man who doesn't see traffic in Norwest Business Park as a problem is Dylan Jardine.

The Bella Vista resident has written to The Hills Council and Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott urging them to take "minimal action" to fix the traffic in Lexington Drive, saying Nightmare on Lexington Facebook followers are "incredibly pro-car" and won't even consider taking public transport, such as the North West T-way within 200 metres of Lexington Drive, or cycling to work.

He said changing traffic light cycles on the Celebration Drive/Old Windsor Road intersection would only worsen traffic on Old Windsor Road.

"Look at the problem of rat-running by non-residents through Edgewater Drive, Bella Vista Waters and Reston Grange and Westwood Way, Bella Vista," he said.

Mr Jardine said government and council money shouldn't be spent on "unnecessarily" widening roads in Norwest Business Park, and urged workers to clear the roads for "people that need them, such as the elderly, disabled, those with more than two children and those who need to courier during work hours".

He supports replacing Norwest Boulevarde roundabouts with traffic lights, but not widening roads in the business park.

"Try to solve the problem through non-monetary means, for example urging Roads and Maritime Services to review traffic signals," he said.

Click here to read more on the business park workers' concerns about traffic and parking in Norwest Business Park.

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