Pick-up chaos irks residents
IRATE residents say they are living in chaos as parents and staff park in the streets surrounding Warwick West State School, worried it's becoming a safety hazard.
A Pratten St resident of more than 20 years – who chose not to be named – said she was having a “hell of a time” dealing with the traffic chaos caused by limited parking, saying the issue escalated two years ago.
The woman said the problem stemmed from the expansion of the school, which she believed resulted in the loss of onsite staff parking and led to them taking up space outside her home.
“It's the ‘I don't care' attitude from the staff at West that gets to me,” she said.
“There is angle parking at the school and the staff choose not to use them and then they park in front of our place.
“I think it's a stupid thing to do to park in front of residences and I think they just do it now to get up my nose.”
The woman said her home was lined with cars all day on a school day and said sometimes she was forced to drive on the footpath to get into her own yard because motorists park across her driveway.
On one occasion she was expecting contractors to visit her home and said she left a note on three cars to ask them not to park in front of her home to allow access for the tradespeople.
Her plea for clear access to her own home was answered with a letter which she summarised as saying “we can park wherever we damn well want to”.
“It was a nice note that said something like ‘please do not park in front of my home because we are doing renovations and you are in the way'– it wasn't anything nasty,” the woman said.
“They have even sent the police saying they will sue us if a gust of wind or a child knocks our garbage bin into their cars. We can't even put our garbage bin out with confidence.
“They don't park in Clarke St I think, because they're too lazy to walk through the children's playground and it's closer to park in front of my house.
“If they want a closer park they should get out of bed earlier.”
A Hudson St resident said his street was packed full of cars each afternoon and said it had always been a problem in the particularly narrow street.
He said council needed to consider prohibiting parking on one side of the road or create more two-minute parking zones, as are already found on the school side of the street.
The man said Mayor Ron Bellingham should be able to sympathise with the residents, having lived in Hudson St at one stage.
“I've been here since 1967 and nobody wants to do anything about it and it's only going to get worse,” the resident said.
“It's a very narrow street so you put two cars in it and you can only get one up the middle.”
Southern Downs Regional Council Director of Engineering Peter See said he believed there was ample parking available in the vicinity of the school and said the situation would improve if people were prepared to walk further.
“Unfortunately people only want to walk the shortest distance possible and as such congest the parking immediately around the school,” Mr See said.
“Staff of the school are entitled to park the same as anyone else. They also have to carry homework and equipment.”
Mr See said there were no plans for additional parking in the area and it was not council policy to place parking time restrictions “ad-hoc”.
Education Queensland said it was responsible for on-site car parking for staff, the disabled and visitors but said areas outside of school grounds, such as drop-off and pick-up areas, were the responsibility of local authorities.