Longer park­ing lim­its wanted

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

PARK­ING lim­its are prov­ing bad for busi­ness for some in Mt Al­bert.

Much of the park­ing in the vicin­ity of the Mt Al­bert shops on New North Rd has a 30-minute re­stric­tion.

Busi­nesses fear put­ting shop­pers off.

‘‘Peo­ple aren’t com­ing to the restaurants or cafes dur­ing the day be­cause they can’t park,’’ Mt Al­bert Busi­ness and Com­mu­nity Groups chair­man Richard Her­rick says.

‘‘There are peo­ple com­ing in for med­i­cal ap­point­ments and hav­ing to go out and move their cars.’’

There is some two-hour park­ing near the shops but this is of­ten taken, he says.

Busi­ness own­ers want Mt Al­bert to be seen as a des­ti­na­tion but the park­ing re­stric­tions breed a ‘‘driv­ethrough’’ men­tal­ity for cus­tomers, he says.

There is a lot of work go­ing on to bring a com­mu­nity vibe back to Mt Al­bert, busi­ness owner Cather­ine Good­win says.

‘‘A park­ing re­stric­tion of 30 min­utes is part of the prob­lem. A cafe has had cus­tomers par­tic­u­larly com­ment that it is just eas­ier to park at Stod­dard Rd at the su­per­mar­ket com­plex.’’

Busi­nesses made a push in

it’s 2011 to have the re­stric­tions ex­tended.

Auck­land Trans­port un­der­took a re­view and con­sulted with busi­nesses and David Shearer’s of­fice, a spokesman says.

The out­come of the re­view

time was to ex­tend some of the 30-minute parks to an hour and re­tain the rest.

Auck­land Trans­port got 34 re­sponses to the changes dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion and 30 sup­ported the re­sult.

‘‘Auck­land Trans­port

is happy to work with lo­cal busi­nesses if they feel that the 30-minute re­stric­tions are no longer ap­pro­pri­ate,’’ the spokesman says.

Auck­land Trans­port is in the mid­dle of public con­sul­ta­tion on its Auck­land Park- ing Dis­cus­sion Doc­u­ment.

It sum­marises the key park­ing is­sues af­fect­ing Auck­land and pro­vides some po­ten­tial so­lu­tions.


More time: Triniti of Sil­ver cafe em­ployee Rain Wong, owner Estella Rao and Mt Al­bert Busi­ness and Com­mu­nity Groups chair­man Richard Her­rick, would like to see park­ing time lim­its ex­tended around the Mt Al­bert shops.

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