Parents say a planned parking building by Hallgrímskirkja church near the elementary school Austurbaejarskóli and the kindergarten Ós in the eastern part of Reykjavík may increase traffic in the area and put their children at risk.
“Everyone is shocked,” head of the parents’ organization at Austurbaejarskóli Hlín Íris Arnthórsdóttir told Fréttabladid.
The parking building would have room for 130 cars and be placed between Reykjavík Technical College and Hallgrímskirkja church, with its entrance on Vitastígur lane.
“Most children walk to Austurbaejarskóli via Vitastígur. It is horrible to think that there will be heavy traffic around this parking building during the exact time when the children arrive at school,” Arnthórsdóttir said.
According to urban planning, new buildings belonging to Reykjavík Technical College are also to be constructed in the area.
“There is no room for this expansion here. It would be wiser to construct new departments for the Technical College elsewhere. Austurbaejarskóli is for the children in this neighborhood and it cannot be situated anywhere else,” Arnthórsdóttir concluded.