Pick-up time creates school danger zone

Glenn Watson near Sacred Heart Primary School in Mundaring. Picture: Bruce Hunt d410451b
Glenn Watson near Sacred Heart Primary School in Mundaring. Picture: Bruce Hunt d410451b

Mr Watson has to drive down the Mundaring street each day to get to and from his home.

‘Parents park on the street when they go to pick up their kids from school, despite the Shire of Mundaring signs that say ‘no parking’,’ he said.

Mr Watson said he had approached the shire about the problem, but was told it was a policing matter.

But when he approached the police they told him they did not have the staff to police the parking problem.

Mr Watson said he often had to cross double white lines to drive around the parked cars.

But he is more concerned about the safety of the children crossing the road.

‘I would hate to see a child get hit by a car because of someone’s stupidity,’ Mr Watson said.

Mr Watson said there was a perfectly good parking area further down the street.

‘But parents can’t be bothered parking there,” he said.

‘The roads are for everybody to share, not just parents who don’t respect the rights of others,’ Mr Watson said. ‘If students have to walk between two parked cars to get across the road, it’s very dangerous.

Shire chief executive Jonathan Throssell said the council was aware of the traffic issues that occured outside the school on Coolgardie Street at pick-up time.

‘Shire employees have worked with the school and local police to improve the situation,’ he said.

‘In addition to a pedestrian crossing point on Phillips Road to encourage more pedestrian movement, the school’s teachers assist with movement of |vehicles through the pick-up area to ensure an efficient process to minimise the time in which queuing occurs on Coolgardie Street.’

He said locals who used Coolgardie Street for the short period during school pick-up time were encouraged to use an alternate route via Reddy Ave to Mundaring Weir Road, thereby avoiding the school frontage.