Search for park­ing so­lu­tion

Cham­ber look­ing for a col­lab­o­ra­tive so­lu­tion to is­sue

Hamilton Metro News - - FRONT PAGE - ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on this is­sue email ceo@teawa­mu­tucham­ber.org.nz Dean Tay­lor

Te Awa­mutu’s Cham­ber of Com­merce has launched an ini­tia­tive to solve one of the most raised is­sues for mem­bers and non-mem­bers alike — park­ing.

Cham­ber CEO Kris An­der­son says mem­bers and the board have been dis­cussing the prob­lem of leak­age — the loss of con­sid­er­able busi­ness from Te Awa­mutu to other towns and Hamil­ton — high­lighted in a re­cent re­port on busi­ness com­mis­sioned by Waipa Dis­trict Coun­cil.

He says Te Awa­mutu re­tail­ers re­ported a slower build to­wards Christ­mas last year and fear this may lead to fur­ther re­tail clo­sures.

Park­ing was seen as one of the in­hibitors to the re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence in Te Awa­mutu, and with­out a de­fin­i­tive plan from coun­cil to re­solve the is­sue, the cham­ber board came up with a in­terim plan.

The board is ask­ing all prop­erty own­ers or ten­ants in the CBD if they have avail­able car park­ing that could be shared, rented or leased.

Its plan is to have the in­for­ma­tion col­lated into a data­base so op­por­tu­ni­ties for park­ing can be shared with those that need it.

It also asks that peo­ple who be­lieve park­ing is an is­sue, whether they are a busi­ness op­er­a­tor or mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, raise it with coun­cil to keep it high on the agenda.

Kris has also been re­mind­ing busi­ness own­ers, op­er­a­tors and staff that they need to make it easy for the cus­tomers and clients — and that means mak­ing ac­cess to their goods and ser­vices as easy as pos­si­ble.

“In other words, don’t park out­side your own shop every day,” he says.

“We are ask­ing the work­ers to park fur­ther away and take a short walk, or share trans­port, or find an­other way to get to work that doesn’t clog up the best carparks.”

Kris says it is about giv­ing every op­por­tu­nity for the busi­ness to be suc­cess­ful, which is good for em­ploy­ment and good for eco­nomic growth.

The cham­ber is also look­ing for a long term so­lu­tion and is keen to work closely with coun­cil.

“It is a key is­sue if we want a vi­brant re­tail and busi­ness sec­tor,” says Kris.

Te Awa­mutu Cham­ber of Com­merce CEO Kris An­der­son was to col­lab­o­rate with busi­nesses and coun­cil to find more park­ing for shop­pers and clients.

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