Rosalie Primary School against paid parking

Rosalie Primary School.
Rosalie Primary School.

ROSALIE Primary School P&C has asked the City of Subiaco to rescind a decision to approve paid parking on Onslow and Derby roads.

Councillors endorsed the Rosalie Park Parking Management Plan in December last year, which would have 24 parking meters installed to address parking concerns in the area.

The management plan will go out for public comment next month, following a funding decision as part of the 2016-17 budget.

Rosalie Primary School P&C president Craig Donovan said the council made the decision without any consultation with the school, residents and local businesses.

He said he wanted the council to rescind the decision to avoid any more movement on the plans.

“The danger is there is already an approved proposal; despite what feedback they get during consultation they could still go ahead with the plans,” he said.

“There has been no business case put forward and we haven’t been given a straight answer as to why this is happening. The parking is not used that much other than school pickup and drop-off and weekend sporting activities.”

However, Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the City had no plans to rescind the motion.

According to the council report, the 24 parking machines will cost about $185,000, as well as any additional fees for licensing and maintenance.

Rosalie Primary School parent Amy McDonald said she believed the move was purely about revenue raising.

“This plan will cause chaos for all the parents who come to the school to pick up their kids,” she said.

“The school is growing and any issues to do with parking or access need to be consulted with the school.”

Local business owner Philip Korn said the changes would affect his business.

“Apart from revenue raising, I don’t see the point. It isn’t a busy area, and as a business owner this will impact me,” he said.

“If I had a choice I would oppose this.”

Mr Burnett said the parking management plan was designed to provide a balance of parking options to both residents and visitors to access the school and sporting fields.

“We understand there is some concern from the school community about the potential changes and we want to reassure parents that there will be a public consultation period before any changes are made,” he said.