INSUFFICIENT parking and safety concerns for female students at night are just some of the issues to be addressed in new plans being drawn up by the University of New England.
Staff from the university’s Facilities Management Services attended a Local Traffic Committee meeting last month to address Armidale Dumaresq Council concerns about parking and traffic around the campus.
Council wants to work with the university to tackle residents’ complaints about students parking in the streets.
Other issues include making the campus safer for women at night, congestion at three intersections and a need for more student parking.
An inspection by Council staff of Handel Street and the surrounding area on April 5 found all spaces occupied by cars, believed to be from nearby colleges.
Plans are in place for 100 new spaces for St Albert’s College students to be provided by the end of the year.
Shuttle buses are also being considered to transport students from colleges and off campus sites such as the hospital and Newling.
But university student association president Judd Newton said a lack of parking was a “long-running debate”.
Those living off campus also struggled to find parks close to lectures and tutorials, he said.
“A lot of students now aren’t buying a campus [parking] pass and are just parking in surrounding streets and Clarks Road,” he said.
An annual blue permit for parking at the university costs $86, which Mr Newton says can be too pricey for students.
While work has begun on improving parking, such as 45 new spaces in Abbot Road, Mr Newton said many parks were in a “state of disrepair”.
“There’s very little maintenance done to the car parks,” he said.
A university spokeswoman said plans were in the works to “inform the most appropriate enhancements to the campus infrastructure”.
The university is also “proactively upgrading” lighting and fencing in car parks, she said
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