Leda PS carpark complaints being investigated

The Department of Education is investigating a lack of parking space around Leda Primary School.
Leda PS carpark complaints being investigated
The Department of Education is investigating a lack of parking space around Leda Primary School.

PARKING concerns around the Leda Primary School and the Education Support Centre are being investigated by the Education Department.

The move follows complaints raised by parents that parking space had become scarce after a nearby spare block had become unavailable.

Grandmother Ashlea Howie picks up three children from the school and said City of Kwinana rangers had been patrolling the area last week.

“It’s unfair because there isn’t enough parking, I think it’s wrong,” she said.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen it’s that bad.”

A spokeswoman for the Education Department said it was looking at ways to relieve the problem and would be meeting with the City of Kwinana for discussions.

“A staff member from the department’s facilities team inspected the area surrounding Leda Primary School and Leda Education Support Centre this month after the schools raised the issue of a parking shortage,” she said.

“It is our understanding that parents have been parking at a shopping complex across the road from the school site.

“The school was not notified that an upgrade of the complex was planned and that works had begun.”

She said the school was not aware of any parents who had been fined by local rangers.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the city empathised with parents’ concerns but it was a matter for the Department of Education to address. “Our city assist officers have attended the area due to complaints about illegal parking, which is frustrating for residents in the homes that surround the school,” Cr Adams said.

“While the matter is being worked through by the school, parents would be able to park on the portion of Feilman Drive that borders Leda Reserve, which would mean a short walk into school with their children.”

Cr Adams said the school’s principal spoke to her in April but there had not been any direct calls for assistance.

“The city would be happy to support the school in negotiations with the department,” she said.

“The fenced-off parking area referred to is private property and is therefore not an area the city has control over.”

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