READERS DISCUSS: Gridlock at Glenmore’s school zone
WANDAL woman Merril Fossey leaves her home about two hours early to pick up her grandsons from school in Glenmore.
Anyone who knows the shortcuts from Wandal to Farm St will know it takes no more than 15 minutes to get to Glenmore Primary and High Schools.
But in peak-traffic gridlock, about 3pm, it was near-impossible to find a park outside the school.
Yesterday, when The Morning Bulletin visited the Glenmore school precinct in Farm St, cars were bumper to bumper on both sides of the pedestrian crossing.
Vehicles were held up for several minutes at the traffic lights on the intersection of Farm and Scott Sts, while drivers tried to parallel park their vehicles outside the school.
This week, the Rockhampton Regional Council brought the parking woes at Glenmore's school precinct to the table.
Merril yesterday said it was important to leave her home that far in advance because the disability parking space she used right outside the school was always taken.
Merril has bad knees so she said she couldn't park too far away from the school because the walk to the waiting area inside the grounds brought pain to the joints in her legs.
She also said it was important to get that disability park early - which she had a display pass for - because other parents would park there first, some illegally.
She often picked up her grandsons Jakk and Brock Fossey, aged eight and six respectively, every two days.
"There needs to be some funding allocated to build a car park or pick-up area... but I don't know where you'd put it," she said.
HERE is what two Facebook users said about peak-hour at the Glenmore schools precinct:
Genevieve Mogford: Move the crossing to further up Farm st (in between the primary and high schools would be better) and have turning lights and lanes at the intersection of Scott and Farm St.
Sharon Wratten: It is a nightmare! Try and reverse park in all that traffic to pick up your child.
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