Pratten St resident Debbie Ward wants time restrictions on car parks outside her house.
Pratten St resident Debbie Ward wants time restrictions on car parks outside her house. Emma Channon

Parking row revs up

PRATTEN St home owner Debbie Ward still isn't satisfied about the car parking issue outside her home.

Last week Mrs Ward contacted the Daily News after council marked out parking bays along her street near Warwick West State School, saying it was a hazard.

For the rest of last week cars avoided parking in her vicinity, but this week, the issue reared its head again.

"It's just frustrating. I'm telling my sons not to mow outside the front in case a rock hits the car," she said.

"If I wanted to have friends around, they wouldn't be able to park outside."

Mrs Ward sees the need for enough parking to allow the staff and parents at Warwick West room to move, but says many of the older parking bays are usually empty.

"Half of the bays along Pratten St are empty - they're the ones further away from the administration building," she said.

"It's because the teachers don't want to walk up the hill through the playground, so they park outside my house."

The Pratten St home owner doesn't expect to see the parking bays taken away, but would like some sort of compromise. She said she wants council to install timing restrictions so people won't park there all day.

"If they put in one-hour limits it wouldn't happen. At the moment there's no limit to how long they can park," she said.

"I've been denied it though, because I'm not in the central business district. I still feel I'm a candidate though."

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said the council did not intend to put in time restrictions.

"We have line marked standard parking bays all around the school to ensure people's driveways were not blocked," she said.

"There is no intention to time limit the parking as council and police do not have resources dedicated to parking other than in the CBD."

Extra resources need not be a problem, said Mrs Ward, as the residents would be enough to police the time limits.


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