ROS­ALIE PS WANTS PAID PARK­ING PLAN SCRAPPED

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

ROS­ALIE Pri­mary School P&C has asked the City of Su­bi­aco to re­scind a de­ci­sion to ap­prove paid park­ing on Onslow and Derby roads.

Coun­cil­lors en­dorsed the Ros­alie Park Park­ing Man­age­ment Plan in De­cem­ber last year, which would have 24 park­ing me­ters in­stalled to ad­dress park­ing con­cerns in the area.

The man­age­ment plan will go out for pub­lic comment next month, fol­low­ing a fund­ing de­ci­sion as part of the 2016-17 bud­get.

Ros­alie Pri­mary School P&C pres­i­dent Craig Dono­van said the coun­cil made the de­ci­sion with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with the school, res­i­dents and lo­cal busi­nesses.

He said he wanted the coun­cil to re­scind the de­ci­sion to avoid any more move­ment on the plans.

“The dan­ger is there is al­ready an ap­proved pro­posal; de­spite what feed­back they get dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion they could still go ahead with the plans,” he said.

“There has been no busi­ness case put for­ward and we haven’t been given a straight an­swer as to why this is hap­pen­ing. The park­ing is not used that much other than school pickup and drop-off and week­end sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

How­ever, Su­bi­aco chief

ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the City had no plans to re­scind the mo­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil re­port, the 24 park­ing ma­chines will cost about $185,000, as well as any ad­di­tional fees for li­cens­ing and main­te­nance.

Ros­alie Pri­mary School par­ent Amy McDon­ald said she be­lieved the move was purely about rev­enue rais­ing.

“This plan will cause chaos for all the par­ents who come to the school to pick up their kids,” she said.

“The school is grow­ing and any is­sues to do with park­ing or ac­cess need to be con­sulted with the school.”

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Philip Korn said the changes would af­fect his busi­ness.

“Apart from rev­enue rais­ing, I don’t see the point. It isn’t a busy area, and as a busi­ness owner this will im­pact me,” he said.

“If I had a choice I would op­pose this.”

Mr Bur­nett said the park­ing man­age­ment plan was de­signed to pro­vide a bal­ance of park­ing op­tions to both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to ac­cess the school and sport­ing fields.

“We un­der­stand there is some con­cern from the school com­mu­nity about the po­ten­tial changes and we want to re­as­sure par­ents that there will be a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod be­fore any changes are made,” he said.

Pic­ture: Kate Leaver

Penny Tay­lor, Karen Lamb with baby Ben, Leoni Dwyer with baby Zara, and (front) Amy McDon­ald with Alf on Onslow Road.

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