Petition to waive parking tickets
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.
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