Haz­ardous park­ing con­di­tions at school

COUN­CIL CRACKS DOWN ON PAR­ENTS PARK­ING THEIR CARS IL­LE­GALLY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

PARK­ING along Archer St in Mt Druitt has be­come a night­mare dur­ing school pick up and drop off time, with res­i­dents un­able to park in their own drive­ways.

Black­town Coun­cil has launched a crack­down on the area out­side Coly­ton Pub­lic School, is­su­ing twelve fines in the area in Oc­to­ber alone. The en­trance and exit to the school is on Archer St, and par­ents have been block­ing off drive­ways and even parked in a car­port of res­i­dent An­thony Bishop.

“Par­ents of­ten dou­ble park and park across my drive­way, and on more than one oc­ca­sion I have had peo­ple park in my drive­way un­der my car­port,” Mr Bish- op said. “I don’t care so much about be­ing parked in but I care about the safety of my kids.”

He said he had been in con­tact with the school about the is­sue. The coun­cil has also been crack­ing down on the may­hem out­side the school re­cently and is fin­ing par­ents for a num­ber of park­ing in­fringe­ments. A spokesman said: “Coun­cil records show Coly­ton Pub­lic School was pa­trolled twice in Oc­to­ber 2015 (and) Oc­to­ber 8, six in­fringe­ments were is­sued in (nearby) Nel­son St and on Oc­to­ber 29, an­other six were is­sued.”

A Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesman said: “Coly­ton Pub­lic School reg­u­larly re­minds par­ents about traf­fic man­age­ment around the school.”

Pic­tures: MATTHEW SUL­LI­VAN

Archer St res­i­dent An­thony Bishop is fed up with par­ents park­ing in his drive­way dur­ing school pick up and drop off and (inset) peo­ple are forced to dou­ble park their cars on the coun­cil strip when drop­ping off their chil­dren at Coly­ton Pub­lic School.

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