Mourn­ers left out in the cold

OUT­RAGE AS SCHOOL PAR­ENTS STEAL CEME­TERY PARK­ING

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

MOURN­ERS have been blocked from park­ing at a St Marys ceme­tery be­cause par­ents from nearby Ox­ley Park Pub­lic School have been fill­ing the carpark – even while a fu­neral was be­ing held.

Visi­tors to St Marys Gen­eral Ceme­tery have lodged com­plaints with Pen­rith Coun­cil and the fa­cil­ity on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions af­ter par­ents drop­ping off and pick­ing up their chil­dren have been us­ing the grave­yard’s carpark in­stead of park­ing along the road.

A Pen­rith Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “(St Marys Ceme­tery) have re­ceived com­plaints from visi­tors to the ceme­tery say­ing they can­not park due to visi­tors to the school … We (the coun­cil) have re­ceived com­plaints on peo­ple vis­it­ing graves at the site that also could not get a park.”

Kelly Jager, of Ox­ley Park, has four chil­dren, two of whom at­tend Ox­ley Park Pub­lic School. She said park­ing in the area had be­come im­pos­si­ble.

“At an as­sem­bly the prin­ci­pal had to ask par­ents to move their cars from the ceme­tery as there was a fu­neral be­ing held. It hap­pened again on a sports car­ni­val day – it has been a prob­lem for a while,” Ms Jager said.

“It will get worse in the fu­ture with lots of units be­ing built in the area. The park­ing, it is just go­ing to get worse and worse.”

The coun­cil spokes­woman de­nied the is­sue had aris- en from lack of park­ing space. “It ap­pears to be a mat­ter of con­ve­nience, not be­cause of a lack of park­ing on-street, as there is am­ple un­re­stricted park­ing on­street,” she said.

The school’s as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal said they were aware of the park­ing is­sues in the area and had ad­vised par­ents via their news­let­ter not to park in the ceme­tery.

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