Re­duced street park­ing ran­kles par­ents

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Par­ents are call­ing time on their daily bat­tle for car parks close to an Auck­land school.

Auck­land Trans­port’s (AT) in­tro­duc­tion of two new bus stops at Eller­slie School has been met with a back­lash from some par­ents.

Natalie Lo­raine and Shay Clark are un­happy about the Kalmia St bus stop lay­out changes. In late Oc­to­ber the bus stops re­placed park­ing spa­ces on the street, pre­vi­ously used by par­ents drop­ping off and col­lect­ing chil­dren from Eller­slie School. ‘‘The traf­fic con­ges­tion in our street was bad be­fore th­ese stops went in but now the bus stops have re­placed the street park­ing, it’s com­plete chaos for par­ents,’’ Clark says.

‘‘Par­ents would like a drop off/ drive through zone put in place in con­junc­tion with giv­ing us our car parks back on the street,’’ she says.

The bus stops have taken up about eight to 10 of the car parks within walk­ing dis­tance to school, Lo­raine says. ‘‘That has left us with ap­prox­i­mately 10 car parks for a school of 732 chil­dren,’’ she says.

AT spokesper­son Mark Han­nan says the Trav­elWise pro­gramme is aim­ing to re­duce the num­ber of ve­hi­cles at the school gate. ‘‘En­cour­ag­ing more chil­dren to travel by bus helps in this re­gard.’’

How­ever, Lo­raine says busi­nesses based on Kalmia Street mo­nop­o­lise street park­ing. ‘‘The af­ter­noon is be­yond ridicu­lous, you have to be driv­ing around try­ing to find a car park 30 - 40 min­utes be­fore school fin­ishes to even stand a chance of get­ting a park,’’ Lo­raine says

AT Metro Net­work de­vel­op­ment man­ager An­thony Cross says AT is aware of the is­sues re­lat­ing to traf­fic con­ges­tion on trus­tees. ‘‘I am meet­ing with AT, and we con­tinue to work with the po­lice, the Eller­slie Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and AT to achieve pos­i­tive out­comes for the school com­mu­nity,’’ Har­land says.

An AT rep­re­sen­ta­tive will be at­tend­ing a meet­ing at the school in Novem­ber.

Eller­slie School prin­ci­pal Lisa Har­land says safe travel to and from school is of paramount con­cern to the school’s board of trus­tees.

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