New park­ing op­tions ex­plored

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REXINE HAWES

Time lim­its and tick­et­ing could be the so­lu­tion to con­gested park­ing prob­lems for towns in Mata­mataPi­ako.

It was a sub­ject that came up in a meet­ing be­tween Mata­mataPi­ako busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion man­agers, Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Don McLeod and mayor Jan Barnes.

Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (MBA) man­ager Sue Whit­ing says it was clearly iden­ti­fied the is­sue was with em­ploy­ees us­ing car parks that should be for cus­tomers.

She said it’s an is­sue fac­ing Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville, but at the meet­ing, there was lit­tle res­o­lu­tion.

‘‘We were just go­ing around in cir­cles so I said how about this, I ask every­one in the CBD their opin­ions to solve this prob­lem.’’

Pos­si­ble so­lu­tions in­cluded 90 minute park­ing limit on Arawa St and spe­cific ar­eas on Broad­way and 3.5 hours in all other ar­eas.

As part of the con­sul­ta­tion process, busi­nesses in the CBD re­ceived a let­ter from MBA high­light­ing the park­ing is­sue and asked peo­ple to be part of a sur­vey.

The sur­vey asked peo­ple if they thought the pro­posed park­ing limit times would work. It asked if peo­ple wanted a tick­et­ing sys­tem for those who ex­ceeded the lim­its, or if busi­ness own­ers should fix the prob­lem with their em­ploy­ees park­ing in spa­ces for their cus­tomers.

The let­ter stated that ‘‘some own­ers have been clear, they want cars that are over their park­ing limit tick­eted’’.

Whit­ing said it was an emo­tive sub­ject and ac­cepted the suc­cess of busi­nesses had cre­ated in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenges.

Barnes said she would rather ed­u­cate busi­ness own­ers and em­ploy­ees be­fore en­forc­ing tick­et­ing, which would be­come an added cost to the ratepayer.

‘‘I would like us to work to­gether - we don’t wish to start en­forc­ing. I think we can work to­gether.’’

Mata­mata Pa­per Plus owner Graeme Guil­ford says if coun­cil started tick­et­ing it wouldn’t bother him.

He en­cour­ages his staff to park away from Broad­way and Arawa streets and thinks other busi­nesses should do the same.

‘‘In Auck­land if you could park 100 me­tres from work it would be amaz­ing. To have a park­ing is­sue is the sign of a grow­ing town and good sized town.’’ Nom­i­na­tions for the 2017 Mata­mata-Pi­ako Busi­ness Awards opened this week, with the pub­lic in­vited to say who goes the ex­tra mile for their cus­tomers.

Nom­i­na­tions for the Gull Cus­tomer Ser­vice Award close on 6 Septem­ber, af­ter which four fi­nal­ists from each town will be se­lected and will be ad­ver­tised for pub­lic vot­ing.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made at mpdc.nz/busi­ness-awards or by fill­ing in the nom­i­na­tion form in this week’s Coun­cil in Fo­cus.

Only one nom­i­na­tion will be ac­cepted per per­son.

The Bay­leys Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards nom­i­na­tions are also open now and close on 25 Au­gust. Busi­nesses are in­vited to nom­i­nate them­selves by go­ing to mpdc.nz/busi­ness-awards.

The winners of the Cus­tomer Ser­vice and Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards, as well as the Con­tri­bu­tion to Com­mu­nity Award, will be an­nounced at the 2017 Mata­mata-Pi­ako Busi­ness Night Out, at the Sil­ver Fern Farms Events Cen­tre in Te Aroha on Thurs­day 12 Oc­to­ber.

This year’s key­note speaker will be Martin Sned­den, former Black Cap and CEO of NZ Cricket, as well as CEO of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Tick­ets to the event will go on sale on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16. Go to mpdc.nz/busi­ness-awards. Limited num­bers are avail­able, so be sure to book soon.

LAWRENCE GULLERY

A view from the medium strip on Broad­way dur­ing lunch time in Mata­mata.

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