Pratten St resident Lee Collins, with grandson Dexta Wood, wasn’t fazed about the new parking bays marked outside his home.
Pratten St resident Lee Collins, with grandson Dexta Wood, wasn’t fazed about the new parking bays marked outside his home. Emma Channon

Lines split Pratten St views

THE smell of wet paint has got up the nose of some Pratten St residents.

Debbie Ward, who lives within a stone’s throw of Warwick West State School, was incensed to find car parking spaces had been marked outside her home this week.

“I rang council (a long time ago) and they told me that I was too far away from the school to be concerned with parking bays,” she said.

“Now they’ve gone and painted them in. I don’t want them outside my house.”

Ms Ward said she had been told the bays were drawn in for teaching staff, yet the original parks allocated to them were never full.

“The cars block (my frontage) from 8am till 3.30pm five days a week,” she said.

“A lot of the time they block my bins, and the garbage collection people can’t see it and keep driving.

“We’ve got a lot of elderly people: what’s going to happen if they need an ambulance? They can’t park outside their home.”

The Pratten St home owner asked for restrictions on the parking spaces outside her home, but said she was denied it by council because she wasn’t part of the central business district.

“They’ve done it, now they need to do the right thing and free up our parks with signs that say ‘residents exempt’,” she said.

Lee Collins owns a home on the other side of Pratten St and has lived there for more than 20 years.

He said he was not concerned about the new parking spaces outside his property.

“It’s never bothered us – we moved here in 1984 and the school was there then,” he said.

“Nobody’s ever parked across the driveway. They’ve gotten close sometimes, but the parking lines would only help (keep them in the right places).

“It’s never entered our heads to complain about it.

“Even on rubbish days the people don’t park out front of the bins.”

Mr Collins drives a Kombi van and said it can often prove a challenge negotiating in and out of the driveway, but said overall, he couldn’t fault those using the space.

Warwick West State School parking problems have been highlighted the same week council discussed similar problems at Warwick Central School.

What do you think of parking around Warwick West State School? Call us on 4660 1316.


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