Timed park­ing dropped for Ferry Land­ing

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A pro­posal for timed park­ing at the Ferry Land­ing Wharf and a sec­tion of The Es­planade to­wards Whi­tianga Wharf has been canned by the Mer­cury Bay Com­mu­nity Board.

Al­lan Ti­plady, North Dis­trict man­ager, said the de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing feed­back on pro­posed timed park­ing for two sites, with 240 min­utes for the Ferry Land­ing Wharf car park and 120 min­utes for part of the Es­planade in Whi­tianga.

“The pro­posal came from con­cerns that ve­hi­cles were oc­cu­py­ing the park­ing ar­eas for long pe­ri­ods of time, some­times over many days, pre­vent­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors from us­ing the parks clos­est to the ferry ser­vice and tourists boats for shorter term park­ing,”.

The feed­back re­ceived was closely split be­tween res­i­dent op­po­si­tion and non-res­i­dent sup­port, with an in­for­mal sur­vey in­di­cat­ing a marked dis­agree­ment to timed park­ing from res­i­dent re­spon­dents.

From the feed­back, the Mer­cury Bay Com­mu­nity Board has agreed to re­tain the sta­tus quo.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple want­ing to park their cars for long pe­ri­ods of time to use al­ter­na­tive carparks,” says Rekha Giri-per­ci­val, Board deputy chair.

“Mean­while we’re ask­ing staff to con­tinue to look at how to man­age car park­ing at these sites dur­ing peak times.”

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