West Halifax students upset over blocked parking spots
Police say onus is on students to not litter
Students who drive to Halifax West High School are upset two traditional parking areas have been blocked off, but police say it's because of ongoing litter and graffiti problems.
Parking spaces at the school of 1,500 are scarce, so students have been using two small areas across the street owned by the Halifax Regional Municipality.
But on Monday morning drivers were greeted with blockades.
"It creates a problem with not having a place to park to go to school. You either get here an hour and half before school to try and find a spot to park or park somewhere and get a ticket," said student driver Matt Duffy.
Fellow student Katelyn Smith said they've made calls to the city to find out why the area is blocked, but are being told a variety of reasons.
"They were painting the lines. Well that didn't happen and that was contradicted by a police officer [who] said it was because of the litter and then that was contradicted by the fact that they were putting in another lane,' she said.
"So honestly we don't have a straight answer as to why we don't have parking, but it's getting kind of ridiculous."
When CBC News called HRM a spokeswoman was unable to explain the blockades, but Police Const. Brian Palmeter said they were installed after years of litter and graffiti complaints from the public.
He said multiple warnings have accomplished nothing so if students want the parking space back they'll need to come forward with solutions. "If students are looking for more of a parking area then maybe they can come up with a solution that they're going to be responsible for keeping that area clean," he said.
So far some of the students are open to the idea.
"If there's too much litter, which is part of what they're saying, just tell us and we'll pick it up, put it in the garbage can, whatever, get it done and over with. Just open the spots back up," said student Christopher Hawkins.