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Watch out, kids

Tuesday, 25th March, 2014

Preschool director, Cathy Heiss is concerned about people parking in the No Stopping zone across from the preschool. Preschool director, Cathy Heiss is concerned about people parking in the No Stopping zone across from the preschool.

By Emily Roberts

Safety concerns have been raised about illegal parking in zones in front of schools.

The BDT was approached by a concerned parent, who was worried about other parents parking in the No Stopping zone at the front of Rainbow Preschool.

“The preschool is doing all they can to advise parents that they cannot park in the No Stopping zone, but parents keep parking there,” the parent said.

“An officer from the council was standing there on Monday morning, March 10 at 9am and had spoken to some parents who parked in the No Stopping zone, I am not sure if they were fined or not.”

Preschool director, Cathy Heiss, said the situation was worrying.

“Across the road there are No Stopping signs, the lane (where the preschool is located) is two way and is quite narrow,” Ms Heiss said.

“Most cars coming towards the preschool go over to the other side (if cars are parked on one side).

“I worry about cars coming up both sides of the lane. But if a car is parked in the No Stopping zone and a child gets out then runs across the road, I worry a car reversing out might run into them.

“We’ve had a few near misses.”

Ms Heiss said the preschool has put warnings in newsletters.

“We’ve also asked police to drive by and watch over the situation,” she said.

“They said they would.

“It’s really dangerous and there have been times where I or committee members will ask parents to move.

“Some people do get a bit cross, but they can get a hefty fine for parking there.

“It only takes one (child to get run over), we obviously don’t want that to happen.”

Ms Heiss said the preschool and committee wrote to Council in 2011 asking for this issue to be addressed.

“We had recently received a new license, so we went from having 39 children to 59.

“On any given day, we can have up to 60 parents picking up kids or dropping them off.”

Ms Heiss said they have concerns about the speed limit of the lane.

“The safety of the children is paramount,” she said.

One Newton Lane resident also has problems leaving for work in the morning, because parents are parking across his driveway to drop children to Burke Ward Primary School.

“Every morning when people drop their kids off to school the lane gets blocked off,” he said.

“It’s difficult to get out because there is no space.

“There’s only one car width in space and I have no room to turn. It’s always been like this.”

The BDT has asked City Council to comment.

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