Calls to ex­tend park­ing zones

Central Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MANDY TE

Res­i­den­tial park­ing zones should be ex­tended to Auck­land’s fringe sub­urbs, the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board says.

St Marys Bay, Pon­sonby and Free­mans Bay have had free on­street park­ing re­placed with 120 minute park­ing zones for every­one ex­cept per­mit-hold­ing res­i­dents.

Grafton, Grey Lynn and more parts of Parnell, could also soon get res­i­den­tial park­ing zones, with Auck­land Trans­port ( AT) con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity on re­stric­tions.

Home own­ers in city-fringe sub­urbs of­ten have no off-street park­ing on their prop­er­ties and have long com­plained they find it hard to park by their houses.

How­ever, com­muters find fringe sub­urbs con­ve­nient places to park their cars be­fore em­bark­ing on a short walk or bus ride to work.

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­per­son Pippa Coom said the board was keen for the rest of the city fringe to have res­i­den­tial park­ing zones.

Greater Auck­land pri­mary ad­min­is­tra­tor Matt Lowrie said a prob­lem with res­i­den­tial park­ing zones was that it sug­gested res­i­dents owned spa­ces out­side their house.

‘‘Streets are owned by all Auck­lan­ders and a street is a re­source for all Auck­lan­ders to use.’’

Full-time nanny Re­becca Cook­son said she had been stung while park­ing in the Free­mans Bay park­ing zones, where she had been work­ing. A res­i­den­tial park­ing zone has been op­er­at­ing in Free­mans Bay since Novem­ber 14.

Cook­son re­ceived two park­ing fines from AT. The first fine was $30 for park­ing on the street for more than two hours. Her sec­ond fine was $40 for park­ing on the drive­way of her em­ploy­ers’ prop­erty.

Cook­son said the new rules did not work for peo­ple who worked in the ar­eas.

Parnell res­i­dent Christopher Dempsey said there was an ‘‘in­tense de­mand for spa­ces’’ near his house and he wanted AT to widen the res­i­den­tial park­ing zone.

AT spokesper­son Mark Han­nan said res­i­dents in a res­i­den­tial park­ing zone could ap­ply for day coupons to give to trades­peo­ple. They get 50 free per year and then they cost $5 per day.

AT also had trade coupons that were el­i­gi­ble any­where in Auck­land for $20 a day.

MANDY TE/STUFF

Full-time nanny Re­becca Cook­son has re­ceived two fines for park­ing near her em­ployer’s home.

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