Don’t overstay your welcome
‘‘Maybe we just have to walk a wee bit further than just parking at the front door.’’
Residents are divided on parking enforcement after the council last week started issuing tickets to offenders.
The Central Otago District Council issued the first tickets after a grace period following time limit signs being erected several years ago and enforcement added to a parking bylaw in 2015.
The council made the announcement via its Facebook page saying ‘‘don’t overstay your welcome in a park’’ or you might find a ticket on your windscreen.
Comments on the post were divided. One person said: ‘‘About time. [I] think this is a great idea.’’
Another said: ‘‘No parking restrictions is what made small town living so relaxed. Dumb idea.’’ A third person said: ‘‘Some of the most expensive rates in NZ and a town trying to attract tourists and you the council want to punish the workers and employees!‘‘
Deputy Mayor and Cromwell resident Neil Gillespie was staunch in his belief enforcement was needed.
‘‘We’re just trying to make sure people are parking in accordance with the restrictions. If you follow the restrictions, what’s the problem? It’s just like speeding.
‘‘If people parked in the right places and were reasonable about where they parked, then it might not be needed.’’
The council could build more parks, but people would still try to park as close as possible to where they wanted to go, Gillespie said.
‘‘People often think they need more parking. We could build parking buildings or whatever until the cows come home. Maybe we just have to walk a wee bit further than just parking at the front door.’’
In response to comments about enforcement being revenuegathering for the council, Gillespie said that was ‘‘crap’’.
‘‘We have left it for a fair amount of time to allow people to comply with these restrictions.
Alexandra Clyde Business Group Committee chairman Barry Hambleton said members of the business group had walked Centennial Ave advising business owners to ‘‘park your car some- where else’’ so there were spaces for others to park.
‘‘What I think has happened is that the workers have parked their cars outside businesses for the whole day.
‘‘If people from out of town can’t get a park, then they will go on to somewhere else.’’
Hambleton said it was simple in that if you broke the law, ‘‘you’re going to get fined’’.
Central Otago District Council roading manager Murray Hasler said a Cougar Security parking warden would carry out enforcement in Cromwell and Alexandra from Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm.