Coun­cil to look at car park us­age

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Pay-and-dis­play park­ing is pay­ing off in Porirua.

Since 65 car parks were set up on the old Chal­lenge petrol sta­tion site in Fe­bru­ary, and 39 added in Ha­gley St, $ 18,694 has been col­lected by the city coun­cil.

The take-up by medium to longterm cus­tomers was slow to start with but has in­creased over re­cent months, says PCC en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards man­ager Jim Sut­ton.

A re­view of the car parks’ us­age and pay­ment meth­ods will be car­ried out this month.

‘‘We will look at how to im­prove the ser­vice we’re pro­vid­ing, to make sure we’re manag­ing it ef­fec­tively and one thing will be whether a credit card or text [fa­cil­ity] is vi­able.

‘‘We only have four [pay-and­dis­play] ma­chines, un­like the hun­dreds they have in Welling­ton and some banks won’t al­low sup­pli­ers to use credit cards as it’s not cost-ef­fec­tive. But some peo­ple have asked about us­ing credit cards and we’ll look at this as part of the re­view.’’

Mr Sut­ton says any changes to the ser­vice are likely to be made by coun­cil of­fi­cers. The amount from the for­mer Chal­lenge site was $ 11,991, with $ 6703 from Ha­gley St parks.

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