Free parking slammed
Hamiltonians have had their say on a central city parking plan and the answer is no.
An increased rates bill seems to have put most residents off the plan. They were unwilling to pay an average $26 annual fee for two free hours a day in the city centre.
And most who shared their view on the Hamilton City Council proposal were unconvinced it would bolster the CBD.
The idea was to pull the meters out of the CBD and give parkers a two-hour daily maximum, but that would slice $1.45m off parking revenue each year.
Council proposed targeted rates on homeowners to cover 90 per cent and central city businesses would pick up the other 10 per cent.
Almost 450 Hamiltonians had their say through submissions to council’s 2017/2018 Annual Plan and 82 per cent of them said no.
About 170 of the opposing submissions came through a Gen- eration Zero survey, but even excluding those, the disapproval rate was still 74 per cent.
Equity was a common theme in submissions - one written submitter said he hadn’t been to the CBD for a decade or more. Others said the proposal would cost those who didn’t use a car.
Almost half of the 102 central city businesses polled by Hamilton Central Business Association agreed with the plan, but nearly 40 per cent said no.