Park­ing me­ters ‘sen­si­ble’

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

PAID park­ing is com­ing to Kings­land and with any luck it will free up park­ing spa­ces, busi­ness so­ci­ety man­ager Chris­tine Fo­ley says.

It’s an older her­itage sub­urb, it’s near Eden Park and it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar for its shops, cafes and bars, she says.

‘‘In­tro­duc­ing paid park­ing cer­tainly was some­thing we felt was a last re­sort in an ef­fort to in­crease turnover. A good pro­por­tion of busi­nesses sup­port the ini­tia­tive,’’ she says.

Auck­land Trans­port un­der­took a park­ing sur­vey last year which showed that park­ing is near ca­pac­ity in Kings­land in the mid­dle of the day and again in the evenings af­ter 6.30pm.

Park­ing me­ters will be in op­er­a­tion from July 14 in the New North Rd busi­ness dis­trict, as well as part of Cen­tral Rd from 9am till 9pm from Mon­day to Satur­day.

The clear­way times and park­ing re­stric­tions out­side the paid zone will be re­tained and new load­ing zones and taxi stands cre­ated.

There won’t be time lim­its in the paid area and the first 10 min­utes will be free. Af­ter that park­ing will cost $1 an hour for the first two hours and $4 an hour for each ex­tra hour. Fo­ley says this is the way to go. Al­bert Eden lo­cal board mem­ber Tim Woolfield says it’s a sen­si­ble plan.

‘‘Peo­ple say ‘I can’t get a park in Kings­land at cer­tain times’.

‘‘This hope­fully will ad­dress that prob­lem,’’ he says.

‘‘The chances of it work­ing are rea­son­ably good based on ex­pe­ri­ences in other ar­eas.’’

Park­ing changes: Auck­land Trans­port is putting in park­ing me­ters in Kings­land to en­cour­age turnover.

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