Car park­ing ‘mad­ness’ irks Pt Chev res­i­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Lor­raine Burns is sick and tired of the ‘‘mad­ness’’ that ar­rives on her street with most sunny pub­lic hol­i­days or when there is an event on in neigh­bour­ing Coyle Park.

The Ban­gor St res­i­dent is ask­ing users of the park and Pt Chevalier Beach to be con­sid­er­ate when they park on res­i­den­tial streets.

On the worst oc­ca­sions res­i­dents drive­ways are blocked and driv­ers park as many as five abreast on both sides of the road – on the foot­path, grass verge and road­side – com­pletely plug­ging it.

‘‘It’s just mad­ness, it causes ma­jor dra­mas. Peo­ple just don’t care.

‘‘All the res­i­dents are happy for peo­ple to come, but be con­sid­er­ate of the peo­ple who have to live here.’’

Han­nah Clarke lives fur­ther away from the park on Dig­nan St and says it’s a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion there on big event days.

There is a carpark on Ban­gor St with around 40 spa­ces but it has been closed for a num­ber of years be­cause it be­came a hotspot for boy rac­ers.

On Satur­day the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board will start con­sult­ing res­i­dents on plans to re­fur­bish it..

Ms Burns says re­fur­bish­ing the car park won’t be suf­fi­cient.

‘‘It’s not 20 or 30 parks that are needed, thou­sands of peo­ple need park­ing spa­ces,’’ she says.

‘‘Since the beach was widened a lot more peo­ple are com­ing and it puts pres­sure on Har­bour View Rd.’’

Last sum­mer the lo­cal board in­stalled two pon­toons at the beach which Ms Burns says have been very pop­u­lar. ‘‘It’s been great,’’ she says. ‘‘But there hasn’t been the fore­sight to pro­vide park­ing.

‘‘What we hope is that the board will un­der­take thor­ough con­sul- tation on the whole is­sue.’’

Res­i­dents’ sug­gested so­lu­tions in­clude hav­ing Auck­land Trans­port park­ing war­dens on the road when big events are on and hav­ing res­i­dents park­ing per­mits.

Ms Burns pre­sented the ideas to the lo­cal board at its Septem­ber 4 meet­ing.

Chair­man Peter Haynes says a de­ci­sion to move the Big Gay Out and other sum­mer mu­sic events away from the park should al­le­vi­ate a e chunk of the res­i­dents’ con­cerns.

‘‘We’ll look at the sug­ges­tions, there are some good ones.

‘‘If all of those res­i­dents have gone to the trou­ble of putting their minds to it why wouldn’t we?’’

He says the Ban­gor St car park re­fur­bish­ment would help.

‘‘Thirty to 40 car parks is not an in­signif­i­cant num­ber.’’

The car park would need to be bet­ter de­signed to pre­vent prob­lems of crime and boy rac­ers re­turn­ing, he says.

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Park­ing woes: Dig­nan St res­i­dent Han­nah Clarke at the closed Ban­gor St car park. Her street gets packed with cars on big event days.

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