Fire Safety - Remove Bollards and Lewis Place School Entrance

Principal Petitioner Wayne Brennan, Manly West
Date Closed Sat, 31 Aug 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 19 signatures

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Our complex Summerfield Terraces have bollards that restrict the entrance to 4 Lewis Place. This is our physical and postal address. These were added by Council during development due to traffic concerns. We were not given any input as it occurred before we purchased. As the letterboxes sit on Lewis Place, that is our address. We have already had an incident where a fire engine was blocked and an accident where a confused visitor crashed into the bollard. We have submitted a formal complaint to Council. They believe an entrance on a completely different street with a different address is sufficient. If a resident in a unit collapses and a guest had to call, they would call an ambulance to the entrance at 4 Lewis Place. We need to have the bollards removed as Lewis Place has very little traffic outside of school pick up and drop off times. The street should not be allowed to use the back fence of a school to enter. It is extremely dangerous. McDermott Close, Miles Crescent and Woodall Road should be the only entrances to the school as they have yellow lines, pedestrian crossings and school zone supervision. If we can stop the school allowing Lewis Place as a back entrance pick up and drop off, it will solve the traffic congestion. This will allow us to easily remove the bollards ensuring safety for all of Lewis Place.

We would like Brisbane City Council to investigate Lewis Place being used as a school pick up and drop off for Woodall Heights State School. This will stop any traffic congestion occurring on the street. We would like Council to remove the development conditions (bollards for traffic management for our complex at 4 Lewis Place) allowing entry for Emergency Service Vehicles. This solves the current dangerous situation on Lewis Place at the school zone end of the street. Given none of our residents would use the entrance or travel up the street, there is no need for the bollard conditions. Even now, they are not necessary as very little traffic uses the street outside of 8:30am and 2:45pm. This could potentially cause a massive fire safety or emergency situation.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council investigate Lewis Place, Manly West, being used as a pick up and drop off point for Wondall Heights State School; and remove the development conditions at 4 Lewis Place for bollards and allow entry for emergency vehicles.

Your feedback about school traffic on Lewis Place has been noted. Lewis Place provides an alternative access point for parents to drop their children at Wondall Heights State School. While Lewis Place is recognised as a local street, parking restrictions are in place to ensure that vehicles are not parked for extended periods during peak times. The existing restrictions include two-minute loading between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on school days along the northern side of Lewis Place, next to the school’s oval. In addition, ‘no stopping’ parking restrictions apply throughout the cul-de-sac and opposite the loading zone from 8am to 9am and between 2.30pm to 3.30pm on school days. These restrictions ensure a smooth flow of traffic and minimise impacts on residents.

It is acknowledged that some minor congestion may occur during peak school periods, however, this is not considered to pose a significant safety concern as Lewis Place does not provide through access to any other roads and there are only a small number of residential properties in the area. As such, traffic volumes are generally low and any localised congestion would not create further issues in the road network.

By comparison, the school loading facilities on Wondall Road have a limited capacity and any queueing from this facility spills onto Wondall Road which is a major traffic carrying road through the area. Any extra congestion on this road has a significant impact on the local road network. As such, alternative drop off points, such as those on Lewis Place, provide additional options for motorists and help to relieve pressure on the school’s other loading facilities.

For these reasons, Council has no plans to restrict the access of school traffic on Lewis Place.

Your request to remove the development conditions from their townhouse complex has been noted. In accordance with the Planning Act 2016 (the Act), Council has no legislative means to alter development approval conditions for an approved development application following assessment against Brisbane City Plan 2014.

The Body Corporate responsible for Summerfield Terraces may wish to consider lodging a change application to Council to amend the original approval conditions to remove the bollards, as permitted under the Act.

To assist in making this application, Council provides a prelodgement service that may be beneficial to identify and discuss potential issues prior to a development application being submitted. Council would also encourage seeking advice from a qualified town planner in making such an application.

Information on how to arrange a prelodgement meeting can be found on Council’s website at searching ‘how to get advice’.