Your say on car park ends soon
The chance to lodge a submission on a council proposal to allow a strip of Pembroke Park in Wanaka to be used for car parking ends on Friday. The Queenstown Lakes District Council is proposing to amend the Pembroke Park Reserve Management Plan to allow 94 nose-in car parks on Brownston St, taking up a 5m strip of the park, along just over half of its length. The council is also proposing to delete the part of the management plan which would allow 60 car parks and six bus parks to be built at the McDougall St end of the park, ‘‘if there is sufficient demand from recreational use’’. A further change to the management plan allowing helicopters to land on the park for special events, such as Challenge Wanaka, is also proposed. There was a mixed reaction to the changes when they were first proposed in January. Friends of Pembroke Park member Father Brian Fenton said it was a jewel of Wanaka and, once taken, would never be returned. But Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairman Alistair King said business owners wanted more parking, to alleviate the problem of people using private car parks. Council capital works project manager Rob Darby told the Mirror at the time that nose-in parking on one side of Brownston St was safer than parallel parking on both sides. The street had been identified as a route through Wanaka and traffic needed to flow smoothly for this to be successful, he said. Submissions can be emailed to services@qldc. govt.nz, posted to QLDC, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown or dropped off at a council office.