Mother sick of parents clogging Charlotte St
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.