Waiting for their parents outside George Street Normal School are (from left) Matthew Nell (8), Ellie Rudland (8), Joshua Rudland (9) and Shayden Connell. Photo by Dan Hutchinson
Naughty parents could face a fine outside Dunedin schools for
picking up their children too slowly.
A new parking zone and associated pick-up strategy is being
tried outside George Street Normal School with the help of
the police and Dunedin City Council.
George Street Normal School deputy principal Anne Robertson
said the school had a big problem with parking.
''We have 437 children here, so we haven't got enough parks
for everyone if they all want to come.''
Losing parks to the proposed cycle lane on the Great King St
side of the school would not help matters, Mrs Robertson
She said stop-and-go zones had been introduced but would only
work if parents made sure their children were ready and
waiting when they arrived.
Dunedin city councillor Teresa Stevenson said parents could
receive a $40 fine for leaving their vehicle unattended in
the new zones and they should be there for less than five
She said parents were encouraged to pick up their children
away from the main gates, down the road or up a side street
where there was less traffic.
Parking was not just an issue at George Street, she said.
Mrs Robertson said some of the parents were artists and would
make signs showing children where to wait. In the meantime,
the waiting zones had been decorated with chalk drawings on
- by Dan Hutchinson