COUNCILLOR Steve Tucker has been exploring possible solutions to the traffic problems generated by parents picking up children at the front of Tanilba Bay Public School.
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“This has been of concern to the community for a long time,” he said.
“After consultation with the school, the ‘Habitat’ and engineering staff, we have developed a solution which will take quite a while and a great deal of money to fix,” he added.
“The road (King Albert Ave) in front of the school actually extends towards Mallabula,”
“By widening and extending the existing ‘Habitat’ car park we can create more parking spaces and have a one way in, one way out turnaround facility for picking up and dropping off school children,” Cr Tucker said.
Now for the bad news: Cr Tucker said that shire engineers cost the work at $324,000 which involves tar sealing and no drainage.
“Residents will need to lobby their state member for funding,” he said.
“Port Stephens Council can supply road base retrieved from local road renewal sites but it is not our (the ratepayers’) responsibility to pay for school car parks.”
Councill Tucker also believes that by using Diggers Dve at the rear of the school as a pick up / drop off point, much of the current problem would vanish.
“There are two rear gates and a footpath here in a very low traffic zone. It’s an ideal spot and should be used more by parents,” he added.