Mod­ern sub­urb but no car parks

North Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - AMY BAKER

Garages be­ing used for stor­age and a lack of street park­ing are caus­ing res­i­dents to park il­le­gally in a new West Auck­land sub­urb.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) is­sued four tick­ets to car own­ers parked over drive­ways and en­croach­ing on to the foot­path in a Hob­sonville Point street on Septem­ber 27.

The tick­ets were is­sued at around 12.30am, prompted by a re­quest for a call-out by lo­cals, AT’s Mark Han­nan said.

A res­i­dent, who didn’t want to be named, said lo­cals - her­self in­cluded - reg­u­larly parked over their drive­ways, due to lack of garage space, street park­ing, and fear of break-ins.

She and her sis­ter both have SUV cars which don’t fit the garage, and some of it is be­ing used for stor­age.

She said the nar­row­ness of the street was also an issue and caused peo­ple to park half on the curb.

Al­though the Point was planned as a walk­ing sub­urb with pub­lic trans­port, it did not ac­com­mo­date the way res­i­dents cur­rently lived, she said.

Res­i­dent Cher Asp­den agreed there was a ‘‘se­ri­ous park­ing prob­lem’’, and said the area could lose some of the grass verges to make park­ing more prac­ti­cal.

In July, the Hob­sonville Point Res­i­dents’ So­ci­ety stated in their news that carpark­ing was a ‘‘re­cur­ring issue’’ voiced by HPRS mem­bers to the com­mit­tee.

It said it was as­sumed res­i­dents would use garages or car­ports, but a tour of lo­cal streets showed this was not the case.

An­other res­i­dent Dana Gamby-Hull said peo­ple needed to do their re­search on park­ing be­fore de­cid­ing to move into a prop­erty. She and her hus­band had mea­sured to make sure their two ve­hi­cles - in­clud­ing a van - fit into their dou­ble garage be­fore buy­ing.

Dur­ing the past six months, there have been eight in­fringe­ments is­sued at the Point, in­clud­ing the four ve­hi­cles parked on Isitt St for foot­path of­fences.

Han­nan said all call­outs to the Point had been at the re­quests of lo­cal res­i­dents.

It is il­le­gal to park on the foot­path or in a cy­cle lane.

HLC man­ager mas­ter plan­ning and de­sign Hay­ley Fitch­ett said while ev­ery precinct has a max­i­mum num­ber of parks al­lo­cated per house, ev­ery home has at least one one carpark.

Street plant­ing plays an eco­log­i­cal func­tion, act­ing as a bioswale to treat the wa­ter run-off from roads, she said.

Feed­back around on-street carparks was be­ing ad­dressed for fu­ture streets. HPRS is call­ing for res­i­dents to con­tact them with sug­ges­tions to ad­dress the park­ing.

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