Your say on car park ends soon

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - By JESSICA MAD­DOCK

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., posted to QLDC, Pri­vate Bag 50072, Queen­stown or dropped off at a coun­cil of­fice.

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