As mentioned in a story posted last year, the Noranda Primary School P&C Road Safety Committee, were investigating options to improve the pathways through the reserve that adjoins the back of the school and provides the safest entry point to the school for kids arriving on foot or by bike or scooter.
In December 2019, one of the parent committee members meet with the Deputy Mayor, Filomena Piffaretti, to discuss the traffic and parking issues at Noranda PS. Filomena was supportive of the committees' approach and provided the contact, Doug Pearson, the Director of Works and Infrastructure at City of Bayswater to help pursue the path upgrades at Deschamp Reserve. The parent met with Doug at the reserve in early January to discuss 2 sections of pathway- one from the clubroom in the middle of the reserve to the path that leads into the school bike cage and the other from the end of McCarthy Place to the pathway on Walmsley Drive (see map attached). Doug costed the project and encouraged the committee to write a letter to the Mayor and other Ward Councillors to seek consideration for the improvements as part of the 2020-21 budget.
Two letters later, one from the committee and one from the school Principal and we have received a very positive letter from Mayor Dan Bull stating that the City has looked into the request and is of the view that the upgrades would be beneficial for the area. While there is no current budget allocation, the request will be added to the budget deliberation meetings for 2020-21. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime, the committee will continue to encourage parents to park at Deschamp Reserve and walk across the oval, into the school grounds. To help promote this message a map (see attachment) has been created and will be sent home in a note to parents shortly.
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