Two Rocks Pri­mary School park­ing

PAR­ENTS COM­PLAIN

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

PARK­ING avail­abil­ity at Two Rocks Pri­mary School com­pares favourably to other schools, the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment says, de­spite par­ents’ con­cerns.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from the Times, the de­part­ment said the school had 100 on-site park­ing bays and 23 road­side bays.

The re­sponse said the to­tal num­ber of bays com­pared “favourably with other schools” and that the de­part­ment was aware of ver­bal com­plaints and one writ­ten com­plaint about park­ing made to the school this year.

Fa­ther-of-two Shaun Martin re­ceived a park­ing fine from the City of Wan­neroo for park­ing on the verge out­side the school in July.

Mr Martin said there was not enough park­ing for all par­ents, with 463 stu­dents at­tend­ing the school this year.

“They have kerbed ar­eas. I have a four-wheel-drive, so I parked up there,” he said.

“It leaves more space for other par­ents.”

Prin­ci­pal Eliz­a­beth Wild­ish said she had dis­cussed with the City of Wan­neroo the pos­si­bil­ity of in­stalling a ‘kiss and drive’ area.

“I have been ad­vised that this op­tion will only be pos­si­ble when the road net­work around our school is com­plete,” she said.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate that traf­fic can get busy around the school, es­pe­cially af­ter school when fam­i­lies make use of our fa­cil­i­ties and catch up with friends.

“How­ever, I would urge par­ents to use the nearby park­ing bays pro­vided, rather than park il­le­gally and risk be­ing fined.

“If pos­si­ble, fam­i­lies who live in the area may like to con­sider walk­ing to school when they can.

“In the mean­time, we will con­tinue to in­clude reg­u­lar re­minders about road safety and park­ing in the school news­let­ter.”

The City’s com­mu­nity and place di­rec­tor Deb­bie Tere­linck said the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment was re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate park­ing, which it based on en­rol­ments at schools.

“Al­though the City of Wan­neroo as­sists by pro­vid­ing on­street park­ing, the City’s pri­mary con­cern is to pro­vide a safe road en­vi­ron­ment for all road users, which in­volves the in­stal­la­tion of park­ing pro­hi­bi­tions around schools,” she said.

“At Two Rocks Pri­mary School, stop­ping is pro­hib­ited on the school side of Res­o­lute Drive (ex­cept in marked bays) and op­po­site the school to the east and on the bend.

“This en­sures that ve­hi­cles have ad­e­quate sight dis­tance and that chil­dren cross­ing Res­o­lute Drive are not ob­scured from view by parked ve­hi­cles.”

Mrs Tere­linck said the City had is­sued nine park­ing in­fringe­ments around the school so far in 2017, and re­ceived one com­plaint this year, plus two last year.

“Park­ing com­pli­ance of­fi­cers and rangers en­force the re­stric­tions, and pe­ri­od­i­cally con­duct ed­u­ca­tion in re­la­tion to park­ing with the school,” she said.

“Of­fi­cers also pro­vide brochures and make re­quests to the school to place rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion in news­let­ters.”

Mrs Tere­linck said other op­tions to get chil­dren to and from school in­cluded walk­ing or cy­cling, ar­riv­ing be­fore peak times, park­ing in le­gal bays far­ther away or us­ing ‘kiss and drive’ fa­cil­i­ties.

Mr Martin said walk­ing to school was not a safer op­tion as some streets nearby did not have paths.

“The kids have to walk ei­ther on the roads or along peo­ple’s verges,” he said.

Mr Martin said he had to park his car and walk with his three-year-old daugh­ter for drop-offs and pick-ups, as did other par­ents with chil­dren in early years.

Mrs Tere­linck said the City’s path­ways pol­icy had not iden­ti­fied any cur­rent up­grade projects near the school.

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The Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment says Two Rocks Pri­mary School’s park­ing com­pares favourably to other schools, de­spite com­plaints from par­ents.

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