Park­ing’s a breeze

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Shop­pers and beach­go­ers in Plim­mer­ton will find park­ing eas­ier from Au­gust, when the vil­lage’s carpark­ing is over­hauled.

Plim­mer­ton Do­main’s train com­muter carparks will be dou­bled from 40 to 80, and carparks along Steyne Ave and Beach Rd will be­come short­ert­erm to dis­cour­age com­muters from us­ing them.

The vil­lage has seen a huge in­crease in com­muters park­ing all day since Plim­mer­ton rail­way sta­tion was up­graded in 2010, Porirua City Coun­cil vil­lage plan­ning pro­gramme man­ager Ian Bar­low said. Some use all-day parks near the shops which leaves few parks for short-term vis­i­tors.

Parks at the south end of Steyne Ave will be re­stricted to two hours to al­low beach­go­ers to park near the ac­cess way. Parks near shops on Steyne Ave and Beach Rd will have a mix of 15 minute, 30 minute and 90 minute lim­its, Mr Bar­low said. The du­ra­tion of park­ing will de­pend on what shop is nearby – park­ing out­side the gro­cery store will be 15 min­utes, for ex­am­ple. ‘‘You’ll park, whiz into the dairy, buy your milk and bread, and whiz away again.’’

‘‘Hope­fully we will make a clean job of what has been an on­go­ing prob­lem.’’

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