Park­ing avail­abil­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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,

Els­don

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