Mother sick of par­ents clog­ging Char­lotte St

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Vivi­enne Duck

AN ECHUCA mother is sick of par­ents park­ing wher­ever they please around St Joseph’s Col­lege.

And she is calling on Cam­paspe Shire to do some­thing about it.

Leigh Pe­vitt lives in Char­lotte St at the back of the school and said par­ents of­ten double park caus­ing havoc for through traf­fic. But her ma­jor con­cern is safety. ‘‘If an am­bu­lance had to come to an emer­gency down our street at the dreaded 3.30pm pickup they wouldn’t be able to reach their des­ti­na­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘And the way par­ents park makes it very dan­ger­ous for their chil­dren and all the chil­dren com­ing out of the school.

‘‘My car can barely fit down the nar­row street and some days I can’t swing into my drive­way.

‘‘And now the coun­cil are tak­ing the per­mit zones away from my­self and my neigh­bours which I think will make it worse.

‘‘At school pick up time there are barely any car parks and par­ents just seem to park wher­ever they want.

‘‘It has been an is­sue I have been push­ing for coun­cil and the school to fix for more than four years and now the per­mit zones are go­ing it will be a night­mare.’’

But de­spite Ms Pe­vitt’s con­stant con­tact with Cam­paspe Shire noth­ing is be­ing done.

In­fra­struc­ture ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Emma Dal­ton said coun­cil was aware of the on-street park­ing is­sues around the col­lege.

‘‘It is sim­i­lar to most school ar­eas, where most avail­able park­ing is used by teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents,’’ she said. ‘‘Free­ing up avail­able on-street park­ing spa­ces will help sup­port gen­eral use of park­ing around the school.’’

Ms Dal­ton said park­ing per­mits were be­ing taken away from res­i­dents like Ms Pe­vitt be­cause of a ‘‘few anom­alies’’.

‘‘There are a few anom­alies across Echuca where park­ing spa­ces, via a res­i­dent park­ing per­mit, have been estab­lished, how­ever a pri­vate drive­way and/or garage is avail­able,’’ she said.

‘‘As iden­ti­fied these are be­ing re­moved as the res­i­dent has their own drive­way and/or garage which can be used for park­ing.

‘‘From time to time new park­ing is in­tro­duced, or re­moved.

‘‘This is the only park­ing per­mit space be­ing re­moved at this time.’’

De­spite coun­cil be­ing aware of the park­ing is­sues dur­ing school time only one driver has re­ceived a fine for park­ing in per­mit zones.

‘‘Lo­cal Laws staff mon­i­tor all school zones across the shire and have is­sued a num­ber of in­fringe­ments for park­ing in no park­ing zones, too close to cor­ners, and a num­ber of other is­sues,’’ Ms Dal­ton said. ‘‘Mo­torists are urged to read park­ing signs when park­ing in all lo­ca­tions across the shire to en­sure re­stric­tions are ad­hered to.

‘‘This in­cludes no park­ing ar­eas, re­stricted park­ing ar­eas, and time limit park­ing ar­eas.’’

But Ms Pe­vitt said if coun­cil won’t help with the park­ing is­sues, they should at least cash in on them park­ing where they shouldn’t.

‘‘There is so much rev­enue on a daily ba­sis to be gained by the coun­cil. They are park­ing over drive­ways, in per­mit zones and very close to all the cor­ners.

‘‘Not only is this frus­trat­ing for the res­i­dents who live in Char­lotte St and sur­rounds but it is so un­safe for driv­ers who can’t see around cor­ners and out of drive­ways.

‘‘There have been so many near misses and small col­li­sions I have lost count.

‘‘Some­thing needs to be done and re­mov­ing the per­mit zone isn’t the an­swer.’’

The Riv tried to con­tact the school for com­ment.

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