Park­ing short­age bites

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

FRUS­TRATED res­i­dents ticked off with com­muters us­ing their street as a free car park are desperate for a so­lu­tion.

Free­mans Bay streets have long been used by city work­ers as a place to park on week­days.

They’re now com­pletely clogged with cars, res­i­dent Lynne But­ler says.

‘‘It’s a great concept to re­duce cars in the city and for ev­ery­one to use pub­lic trans­port but at the mo­ment pub­lic trans­port isn’t up to where it needs to be to cre­ate that change.’’

The Ire­land St res­i­dent has lived in the area for 10 years and says there has been a steady in­crease in the num­ber of com­muters park­ing in the street over the past 18 months.

Some roads in Free­mans Bay have two-hour re­stricted park­ing sec­tions while the rest is open to all­day park­ing.

‘‘For one of the ladies down this road, if she goes off to the su­per­mar­ket, when she comes back she can’t get a park be­cause the com­muters are mov­ing their cars ev­ery couple of hours,’’ Ms But­ler says.

An­other res­i­dent in Hep­burn St, who has one off-street space, parks her car on the street at night if she wants to make sure a vis­i­tor has some­where to park in the morn­ing.

‘‘It’s not re­ally con­ducive to happy liv­ing,’’ Ms But­ler says.

‘‘I to­tally agree that pub­lic roads are not sacro­sanct to res­i­dents but most peo­ple in New Zealand would ex­pect to be able to park pretty close to their home.’’

There is room for tol­er­ance for com­muters, espe­cially those who work in Free­mans Bay, Ms But­ler says.

‘‘They’re here at 6am wait­ing for res­i­dents to go, to get our car parks.

‘‘I feel for them, it must be a has­sle hav­ing to move their cars ev­ery two hours. Think of the lost pro­duc­tiv­ity.’’

Con­sul­ta­tion with com­muters and res­i­dents is paramount be­fore any scheme is in­tro­duced, she says.

Ryle St res­i­dent Lind­say Foster would like to see two-hour park­ing re­stric­tions put in place across the whole sub­urb and park­ing con­tained to one side of nar­row streets.

The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board has been ad­vo­cat­ing that Auck­land Trans­port im­ple­ment a sim­i­lar scheme in Free­mans Bay to the one be­ing tri­alled in neigh­bour­ing St Marys Bay.

A res­i­den­tial park­ing zone has been cre­ated with a blan­ket twohour time re­stric­tion dur­ing week­days from 8am till 6pm.

Prop­er­ties within the zone can pur­chase up to three res­i­dent per­mits.

The trial was in­tro­duced last year in re­sponse to res­i­dents’ com­plaints and has been ex­tended to July 2014.

An Auck­land Trans­port spokesman says it has been suc­cess­ful in re­duc­ing the ef­fects of all-day com­muter park­ing on res­i­dents.

But Mr Foster says the trial has just pushed com­muters out into other city-fringe sub­urbs.

Auck­land Trans­port is con­sid­er­ing in­tro­duc­ing a sim­i­lar scheme in Free­mans Bay, the spokesman says.

A pro­posed res­i­den­tial park­ing pol­icy for cen­tral Auck­land was pre­sented to Auck­land Trans­port’s board on Mon­day.

It will be amended be­fore go­ing out for con­sul­ta­tion in the new year.

Pho­tos: JESS LEE

– Res­i­dent Lynne But­tler Move aside: Res­i­dents want a so­lu­tion to their park­ing woes. From left: Andy Smith, Trevor Lund and Lynne But­ler.

Piled in, left: Cars park bumper to bumper and over­hang­ing the pave­ment in Free­mans Bay.

Pos­si­ble so­lu­tion: Some res­i­dents would like to see two-hour park­ing re­stric­tions in­tro­duced across the whole sub­urb.

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