School parking approved

City of Joondalup councillors last Tuesday conditionally approved the development application for an unsealed area currently used as an informal car park for students.

The application was first advertised in late 2012 to 18 nearby landowners and 10 objecting submissions were received with concerns including the removal of trees, anti-social behaviour after hours and traffic congestion.

The proposal was modified to retain most of the mature trees, provide additional shade trees and one-way movement through the car park and once readvertised, only two objections were received.

A council document said because the car park was for staff, peak usage periods would be before school drop-off and pick-up.

‘The school has identified that measures will be required to be undertaken to ensure that as a result of this car park addition for staff, students will not drive to the school and park in the surrounding streets to the detriment of adjoining residents,’ it also said.

This could include a ban on students driving to school.

At the previous week’s briefing Cr Russ Fishwick asked about the possibility of antisocial behaviour after hours.

Planning and community development director Dale Page said sealing the area could encourage antisocial behaviour and bollards might be something the City could look at.

At the meeting, Cr Fishwick added an additional condition that before the car park is operation, a mechanism be put in place to prevent access after hours.