Time limits 'easy' cure to parking near school
REGULATED parking, in the director of engineering services Peter See's opinion, is the easiest way to fix the parking issues outside Warwick Central State School.
"One thing in this report that is clear from the video recording that we did are the people that are parking there all day are teachers and staff at the school," Mr See said.
"My personal view is all these parking problems could be solved by regulated parking.
"Enforcing it every day of the week and booking people who stay there for too long."
Mr See said the issue was raised by the school's P&C.
"Unless regulated parking is introduced they will continue to park there," he said.
Regulated parking was just one of four options put to the Southern Downs Regional councillors during the general committee meeting yesterday.
Cr Neil Meiklejohn was not impressed with the idea of a pedestrian link to the Acacia Ave public car park.
"I don't know whether or not it is possible but if we could get land from the state school to do a drop-off and set-down zone in the avenue," he said.
"Or even in Dragon St.
"This issue is not going to solve itself.
"I agree that the first port of call would be time-regulated parking but we need a plan for where all the long- term car parkers would go."
Cr Jo McNally suggested school teachers and staff could park in the Acacia Ave car park.
A total of 34 people took part in the Warwick Daily News online poll where readers were given the chance to have their say on what option they thought to be best.
Option three; to include on-site parking for teachers and staff proved the most popular claiming 61% of the vote.
Option one to regulate the parking on Guy and Percy St gained 11% of the vote.
As did the options to better promote the Acacia Ave car park and to create access between Guy St and the Acacia Ave car park.
Only 2% chose none of the above.
The councillors voted, on Cr Jamie Mackenzie's motion, to get some public comment on the matter before making a decision.
"We will then have some idea how regulated parking is seen by the residents," Cr Mackenzie said.
What option should the Southern Downs Regional Council choose?
This poll ended on 31 May 2013.
Restrict the angled parking on both sides of Guy and Percy Sts to a limit of two hours.
Better promote and encourage the use of the Acacia Ave car park.
Provide walking access along Guy and Percy Sts into the Acacia Ave car park.
Provide on-site parking for teachers and the staff of Central State School.
None of the above (other)
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.