Pe­ti­tion to waive park­ing tick­ets

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A com­mu­nity pe­ti­tion is ask­ing Auck­land Trans­port to stop tick­et­ing P120 car parks, while a de­vel­oper is oc­cu­py­ing much of a pub­lic car park in Birken­head.

Res­i­dents say the strug­gle for space in Rawene car park has been made near im­pos­si­ble by AT leas­ing 25 car parks to a pri­vate de­vel­oper.

A pe­ti­tion signed by 80 peo­ple, work­ing in the centre, was sub­mit­ted by Birken­head res­i­dent Anne McLaren to the Kaipatiki Lo­cal Board to pass on to AT at a board meeting on Au­gust 23.

Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors are fedup with be­ing tick­eted for over­stay­ing in P120 spa­ces, and the pe­ti­tion asks for AT to give lee­way while the con­struc­tion is ongoing, McLaren said.

How­ever, while the board ac­knowl­edges the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion has made it al­most im­pos­si­ble to find park­ing, the re­moval of car park­ing en­force­ment is il­lad­vised be­cause it will be detri­men­tal to shop­pers and lo­cal busi­nesses, they say.

Deputy chair­man John Gil­lon had asked at a pre­vi­ous board meeting on Au­gust 16 to sus­pend en­force­ment, but was over­ruled. ‘‘Rawene Rd will be­come a free for all for all-day car park­ing, which will shoot the busi­nesses in the foot,’’ mem­ber Lindsay Waugh said.

De­spite this, mem­bers agreed it was im­por­tant to hand over the pe­ti­tion to AT.

LAINE MOGER/STUFF

More strug­gles for Auck­land Trans­port as Rawene car park strain leads to tick­ets.

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