Parking chaos at local school
THE parking situation at Grafton Public School has parents up in arms as they attempt to guide children through the chaos and confusion.
A lack of specialised disabled parking spots targeted at parents with children in the support unit and a lack of paved parking is causing havoc for parents as they drop off and pick up their children each day.
P&C member and mother of two GPS students Belinda Philp said it was dangerous for the children and needed to be fixed.
"It is not a matter of if a child will get hit by a car," Ms Philp said. "It is a matter of when they will get hit.
"People drive too fast through the school zones and parents are letting their kids out of the car where it suits them because of a lack of parking spaces. The other morning when it was wet it was absolute chaos."
She said a parking officer had recently been on patrol in the mornings to fine any infringing cars but Ms Philp does not think it will help.
"[The council] can't just solve it by booking people," she said.
"They need to solve it by putting in new parking spaces.
"The council and the school together need to look at all the risks around the school and reduce the hazards involved."
Last year, councillor Jason Kingsley visited the school with Ms Philp, and GPS principal Will Randall to assess the situation and the need for improved parking spaces.
Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said the council then became aware of the call for changes to the school's disabled parking.
"After the approach from Cr Kingsley, council staff and the council's traffic committee representative, Cr Margaret McKenna, inspected the site toward the end of last year," he said.
"There was general agreement the spots allocated for disabled parking - near an intersection - would be better relocated.
"We'll liaise with the school to see how many places it thinks are needed and take that to the traffic committee," he said.
The school confirmed it was currently in discussions with the council over the parking situation at the school.
However, there is no official word as to if or when the situation will be made safer.