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