Staff parking cut gets overturned

Inner West Courier, August 9th 2016

INNER West Council has backflipped on an unpopular plan to cut parking permits for Balmain Public School teachers.

Teachers may have had to move their cars several times during the working day if the council’s decision to reduce the number of parking permits from 18 to six was not overturned.

Council has backflipped on plans to limit the number of permits for school workers.

“It was a completely arbitrary decision.” Jamie Parker

The permits allow teachers to park for free in timed and metered zones.

A council spokesman confirmed the number of parking permits would not be reduced for the time being.

“Council officers reviewed concerns raised by Balmain Public School and will now issue the same number of permits,” he said.

“Officers will meet with the school to discuss opportunities to reduce parking demand and encourage active transport in the future.”

Balmain state Greens MP Jamie Parker had said it was a completely arbitrary decision and “it robbed the school of the flexibility it needs for both staff and visitors to the school”.

Balmain Public School P & C president Robert Bennett had said the change was unwarranted and an unnecessary distraction.

“The reduction in onstreet parking permits would likely cause considerable angst within the school staff and disruption within the teaching day,” Mr Bennett said.

An Education Department spokesman had earlier said Balmain Public School continued to work with the Inner West Council to resolve the issue.

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