Are we a city of greedy parkers, here in The Hills?

This is one way to protect your parking . . . what have you seen?

This is one way to protect your parking . . . what have you seen?

Are we a city of greedy parkers?

The Hills Cr Alan Haselden said he has seen residents use traffic cones "to protect their kerb space".

Cr Tony Hay said he saw one resident put up a sign in front of their house that read: "We have four cars. We only have room for us."

But Cr Robyn Preston says: "These are public roads in public space. What gives anyone the right to say you can't park on a public road?"

It has been a bone of contention with councillors that its local traffic committee is spending too much time placating residents who want parking restrictions either lifted or put in front of their houses.

"We often see no history of accidents," Cr Mike Thomas said.

The council last year called for a thorough review of the committee's operations and performance, including the process in which items come before it.

Cr Andrew Jefferies said the committee should focus on genuine safety problems, instead of cars parked outside people's houses.

The council is working on getting the city more parking.

Last month it accepted $1.25 million from Transport for NSW to build a free commuter car park for 178 vehicles at the intersection of Torrs Street and Windsor Road at Baulkham Hills.

Coming this year: Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, mayor Michelle Byrne and Cr Mark Taylor at the future Torrs Street car park. Mr Elliott and Cr Byrne have been calling on the government since last year to turn this vacant block of Roads and Maritime Services-owned land into a free commuter car park. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Coming this year: Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, mayor Michelle Byrne and Cr Mark Taylor at the future Torrs Street car park. Mr Elliott and Cr Byrne have been calling on the government since last year to turn this vacant block of Roads and Maritime Services-owned land into a free commuter car park. Picture: Gene Ramirez

READ MORE: Click here to read more about the car park.

The future Torrs Street car park.

The future Torrs Street car park.

Since mid-2012, the council has been calling on the state government to fund the design and construction of commuter car park facilities on state government-controlled land, including in Baulkham Hills Town Centre; Perry Street, North Rocks; and Oakes Road, Carlingford.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said the Perry Street land was under a long-term lease and unavailable, and did not comment further.

The council has also agreed to free up three taxi rank spaces outside 268-270 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill.

The spaces in Castle Hill Town Centre are now one hour parking 7am to 5pm and revert back to taxi use outside those times.

READ MORE: Click here to read the council business paper. See page 396.

‘‘Parking’s at a premium in the town centre and to take three or four spaces away just made no sense," Cr Ray Harty said.

He predicted Castle Towers would introduce time-restricted parking, as Winston Hills Shopping Centre had done after people parked in public spots and then took public transport.

Cr Harty proposed asking high-rise developers to provide public parking in exchange for fewer parking spaces in their building.

"We already have a template: Castle Grand," Cr Harty said.

"I don't want to ever see parking meters in this shire.

"I think this is a better way to start to address our parking problem."

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