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Jan 04, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Southwest Scarborough residents invited to discuss overnight parking permits

Scarborough Mirror

Overnight permit parking is possible on certain streets in southwest Scarborough’s East Beach area if most of their residents want it, Councillor Gary Crawford says.

After hearing from homeowners, Crawford is hosting a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss a permit system for a few streets south of Kingston Road in his ward.

The streets in question are Victoria Park and Blantyre avenues, Courcelette and Fallingbrook roads.

Permit parking has been rejected in the past by Scarborough Community Council, which in 2009 declared nearly all of Scarborough an “exclusion zone” where resident petitions for overnight permits would no longer be considered.

Councillors, however, made an exception for streets south of Danforth Avenue and west of Warden Avenue where houses were built without parking or with driveways too small to hold larger cars.

Streets in Scarborough’s southwest corner with 12-hour street parking have been allowed to keep it, while some others have the permit option.

Crawford said he told people before his 2010 election he would weigh that option for streets in the East Beach, or Fallingbrook, community and said some residents since then have said they want permits.

After doing a survey on Blantyre and Courcelette, he added, “I don’t get a sense myself” most support the idea, but said the meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School on Victoria Park Avenue could prove there is sufficient interest.

If that’s the case, Crawford said, City of Toronto staff will do an official poll of the residents before delivering a report on permits to a future meeting of community council.

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