Car parking ‘madness’ irks Pt Chev residents
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.
Parking woes: Dignan St resident Hannah Clarke at the closed Bangor St car park. Her street gets packed with cars on big event days.