allowed to go ahead then Porirua residents can look forward to fully paid parking in the near future. Silly me, I had this idea that council were actually supposed to reduce costs for its residents.
- TALI LILO, Papakowhai Editor,
As a Porirua homeowner who is a full-time working mother I contribute significantly to the Porirua economy.
I am paying high rates, paying childcare locally and also doing 100 per cent of my shopping locally (usually during my lunch breaks). Having work demands and a young child, public transport is not feasible and I have to rely on parking long-term within Porirua’s CBD.
I, like many other people working in Porirua, have to resort to parking my vehicle in shortterm parking and move halfway through the day as there are no long-term parking options within walking distance of Porirua City by the time I arrive for work in the mornings.
We would all like to be without the stress of using our breaks to move vehicles or stressing about whether we will find a ticket on our vehicles, but have little other options. What few options there are on this side of the railway tracks are also used by commuters catching the train into town due to the shortage and security issues with the railway parking.
With the huge growth of businesses and the public sector in Porirua, which the council and community want and benefit by, there has not been sufficient city planning about the increased demand in parking availability. This is the real issue that needs to be addressed and would provide long-term relief to short-term parking issues. The suggestion of introducing pay and display parking to the Porirua CBD does not address this issue but exacerbates it.
It also makes Porirua a less desirable location to shoppers and businesses alike.
I would like to challenge any councillor to drive around Porirua at 8am, when commuters park their vehicles, and again at 9am on a week day, and count how many long-term car parks are still free. At 8am you will not find one between Tony’s Tyres to the Mobil Service Station, except during school holidays. A Porirua resident starting work in Porirua at 9am would be better off parking in Tawa and catching a train to work!
Any councillor or mayoral candidate who supports such a short-sighted revenue directed band-aid move such as pay and display parking, will not be getting my vote! - A RILEY,