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North Shore Times - Monday 13 December 2010

LANE Cove Council will address public concerns about new, UFO-like parking sensors, after being “massacred in the press”.

Councillors David Brooks-Horn and Ann Smith put forward a notice of motion on Monday night asking for a report on the sensors, which time how long vehicles are parked.

The council is one of the first in NSW to install the Metereye sensors, which are about 250mm wide and 55mm high.

They are installed in the centre of car spaces along Longueville Rd and in Rosenthal Ave carpark.

Cr Smith said the North Shore Times “bagged” the sensors after reporting concerns of the Pedestrian Council of Australia that people could trip over them. She said the council was “crucified” on A Current Affair, which suggested the sensors were installed covertly and the public was unaware of their function.

The notice of motion asked that sensors already installed not be used for parking enforcement until a report was prepared and approved by the council into costs, expected revenue and public notification. But Cr Pam Palmer said the council had approved the use of an electronic parking system in 2008 and its installation was an operational matter.

Environmental services chief Michael Mason agreed, but said due to the length of time between approval and implementation, “we did drop the ball” and he wanted to address public suspicions.

“I have no trouble saying we patrol two times a day, every day and we don’t propose to do any differently,” he said.

General manager Peter Brown said fine revenue was not expected to significantly increase.

The sensors, which originally featured a bright yellow collar, will also now be semi-recessed into the road, with collars removed.
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