Mourners left out in the cold
OUTRAGE AS SCHOOL PARENTS STEAL CEMETERY PARKING
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.