New bays for tourist van parks
Matamata-Piako District Council plans to extend three parking spaces on Hetana St to allow parking for long-wheel-base vehicles such as campervans.
Two 9-metre bays and an 11m bay will be created outside the public toilets and have signs directing campervans there.
Council service delivery manager Fiona Vessey said it was a short-term solution to help prevent campervans parking in the offstreet carpark behind the Gatehouse.
Campervans are not allowed to park there for safety reasons and a sign at the entrance clearly says so.
The Chronicle saw two campervans parked in the carpark on Monday morning, within two metres from the warning sign. A third campervan was parked across four spaces in the car park at Railside by the Green .
‘‘Unfortunately, I think the issue here is campervan driver behaviour, which can be very difficult to change,’’ Ms Vessey said.
The council was working with key stakeholders in the community to come up with a longer term solution, she said.
Matamata Community Board chairman Daryl Anderson said the lack of parking options for campervans was a concern.
‘‘It’s a safety issue. We want to stop them going into the Hetana St carpark and move them somewhere they will feel confident and safe.’’
The board was asking the council to allocate space at the Railside by the Green to create angle parking for at least 10 longwheel-base vehicles.
It would also like clear signs directing drivers there and a height barrier imposed on the Hetana St carpark.
Comments on the Chronicle Facebook page showed support for campervan spaces.
Debbie Parker said campervans parked in angle parks on the main streets were a risk to other drivers.
‘‘They are so long when you want to reverse out of a carpark, you cannot see what is coming.’’
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