Park­ing vul­tures swoop

Ten­sion is grow­ing be­tween com­muters and res­i­dents as more cars ap­pear to clog the streets of in­ner-city sub­urbs. Re­porter Jess Lee speaks to some of the people caught up in the park­ing drama.

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

COM­MUTERS are sit­ting in their cars, work­ing or nap­ping in the early hours of the morn­ing just to se­cure a free park­ing spot on the street in Free­mans Bay.

Franklin Rd mother-of-two Amy Cal­way has had enough.

‘‘It makes me quite an­gry. Com­muters are cir­cling like vul­tures in the morn­ing wait­ing for res­i­dents to leave to take their park and then putting on their run­ning shoes to run to work,’’ she says.

Ms Cal­way has lived and worked from home in her 120-year-old villa for nine years and has no off-street park­ing.

The sin­gle mother is of­ten forced to park quite a dis­tance from her house af­ter gro­cery shop­ping and cross the busy street with her two young chil­dren.

Pen­sioner Cyn­thia Beeby, who holds a mo­bil­ity park­ing per­mit, has lived in her Ire­land St home since 1982 and pays $155 a year to park there.

‘‘But it doesn’t guar­an­tee me a park in my own street. I try not to go out in my car be­cause it’s too stress­ful – when I get home where am I go­ing to park?,’’ she says.

‘‘Mon­day to Fri­day is a nightmare. It’s re­ally get­ting to me.’’

She sees people rub­bing off the chalk from their tyres and mov­ing their cars to es­cape a park­ing ticket.

‘‘This guy who parked here from 7am to 6pm got a park­ing fine of $12. Where in Auck­land do you get $12 park­ing all day?

‘‘It re­ally is be­cause pub­lic trans­port is so bad. It’s just not there for people, so what are they meant to do? They’re forced to bring cars.’’

Franklin Rd busi­ness owner Jonathan Hughes says trades­peo­ple work­ing on hous­ing ren­o­va­tions are also partly to blame for the park­ing short­age.

‘‘It’s a mix­ture of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of the area, as well as com­muters,’’ he says.

‘‘There is ob­vi­ously a prob­lem and some­thing needs to be done but in the mean­time people need to ex­hibit some pa­tience.’’

The West­mere res­i­dent walks or cy­cles to work and en­cour­ages his staff to do the same when they can.

Eng­land St res­i­dent Grey Sea­gar says suf­fi­cient park­ing should be a re­quire­ment for all new de­vel­op­ments.

‘‘It’s to­tally un­sat­is­fac­tory. De­vel­op­ers are get­ting a free ride un­der the uni­tary plan – businesses are off-load­ing the costs of park­ing onto res­i­dents.’’

Hep­burn St res­i­dent Va­lerie Leech has off-street park­ing and has been ap­proached by neigh­bour­ing businesses ask­ing if they can lease the space.

An Auck­land Trans­port spokesman says there is noth­ing stop­ping res­i­dents leas­ing their own off­street park­ing spa­ces to com­muters.

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

An AT spokesman says he is not in a po­si­tion to talk about the pol­icy just yet.

Pho­tos: JESS LEE

– Mo­bil­ity per­mit holder Cyn­thia Beeby Fed up: Franklin Rd mother-of-two Amy Cal­way says com­muters are like vul­tures in the morn­ing wait­ing to park when res­i­dents leave.

Stress­ful sit­u­a­tion: Pen­sioner Cyn­thia Beeby pays $155 a year to park on her street but isn’t al­ways able to find space there.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.