Bridging the gap

2015-05-05 06:00

A renewed bid to resolve the traffic issues in Sun Valley has been made.

Later today (Tuesday 31 March) residents and management of the Sun Valley group of schools will meet to discuss issues affecting neighbours during peak hours.

During last year the school made a proposal for the conversion of various roads into one-way streets. At the time, principal Gavin Keller explained this was aimed at addressing the congestion during peak hours but also ensuring the safety of pupils.

The South Peninsula Subcouncil conducted a public participation process on the matter and residents voted against the proposal.

School deputy principal Debbie-Jane Viljoen says the school has requested to meet with their neighbours to allow them to voice their concerns.

She says there are two main issues to consider. Firstly, the school was established several years ago and many residents knew this before moving into Sun Valley. In addition Viljoen explains the school has grown significantly and this has resulted in more pupils and more cars.

She says while the school cannot control the behaviour of parents, complaints of parents blocking driveways or parking on residents’ lawns need to be addressed.

“This kind of behaviour is inconsiderate and unacceptable and I spend time warning parents,” she says.

Viljoen explains they want to be proactive in finding a solution and this is the reasoning behind the meeting.

“We believe that together with residents we can find a solution or work on a plan that is best for all. We want to know what their frustrations are to see how they be addressed and build a relationship with our neighbours.”

She says while the school board will be present, parents have not been invited to the meeting as this is an opportunity for residents to have their say.

“We also do not want conflict and we will report back to our parents. But this is really a chance for the affected residents to raise their concerns,” she says.

Viljoen also says the school has looked at a model instituted by Pinelands North Primary School who faced a similar issue.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says there have been many complaints.

She says the school does not have a new proposal at this stage but wants to get an idea of the neighbours’ concerns.

“The meeting will look at the traffic issues, parking issues, the safety of pupils and the needs of residents. All of this is aimed at finding a solution that works for all,” Purchase says.

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The meeting will be held at the school at 18:30 today and entry can be gained through the entrance on Brigantine Avenue

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