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Council gives way on proposed parking plan outside St Francis’ West End

St Francis' Church West End
Beloved church: St Francis’ Church, West End.

FEEDBACK from hundreds of inner-city parishioners and residents has swayed Brisbane City Council to scrap a controversial parking plan.

“We won,” is how Dutton Park and South Brisbane parishes secretary Bernadette Maguire greeted the council decision, that threatened to cut access for the disabled and elderly attending the St Francis Church on Dornoch Terrace, West End.

The plan was to remove 115 street car parks and two bus stops directly in front of and across from the church as part of a project designed to improve bike safety.

“At least now they are open to doing it properly – consulting with the Church, all the residents and businesses,” Mrs Maguire said.

“Actually doing something – like reduced speed limits and a pedestrian crossing.”

An after-Mass public meeting at the St Francis Church hall on November 3 attracted hundreds of parishioners and residents who raised concerns about safety and access. 

Brisbane City Council confirmed the parking plan would not go ahead, based on results of a community survey that found 64 per cent of respondents disagreed with the proposal.

“Based on this community feedback, council will not proceed with the proposed concept design for Dornoch Terrace,” the council said in a project summary.

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