Town park­ing pe­ti­tion fails

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HELENA O'NEILL

A pe­ti­tion urg­ing the Sel­wyn Dis­trict Coun­cil to re­con­sider re­mov­ing car parks from Lin­coln’s main street and to re-route pro­posed cy­cle lanes away from Ger­ald Street has failed.

At its re­cent meet­ing the coun­cil re­con­firmed pro­pos­als to cre­ate cy­cle­ways along Ger­ald Street as part of the Lin­coln Town Cen­tre Plan.

The coun­cil re­ceived a pe­ti­tion in Au­gust ask­ing it to re­con­sider park­ing and the cy­cle­way af­ter the Lin­coln Town Cen­tre Plan was for­mally adopted in May.

Mem­bers of the Lin­coln busi­ness com­mu­nity spoke at the coun­cil meet­ing in sup­port of the pe­ti­tion, while a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of cycling group Spokes Can­ter­bury spoke in favour of re­tain­ing the cy­cle­ways, as in­cluded in the plan.

Cof­fee Cul­ture Lin­coln coowner Chrissy Par­tridge said that the re­moval of any parks would put more pres­sure on the park­ing the busi­ness al­ready pro­vided.

‘‘Our busi­ness re­lies on peo­ple be­ing able to stop on the side of the road and pick up their cof­fee.’’

Other Lin­coln busi­ness own­ers present at the meet­ing said Lin­coln’s park­ing was al­ready un­der pres­sure, with the lack of park­ing one of the town’s big­gest is­sues.

One dubbed the cy­cle­way a ‘‘recre­ational whim and not a lo­gis­ti­cal nec­ces­sity.’’

Don Babe, of Spokes Can­ter­bury, said he and other cy­clists were im­pressed with the coun­cil’s plans and be­lieved the changes would ben­e­fit the Lin­coln com­mu­nity and its busi­nesses.

The coun­cil agreed at the meet­ing to re­con­firm the de­vel­op­ment of cy­cle­ways as in­cluded in the Lin­coln Town Cen­tre Plan.

In re­sponse to con­cerns over the tim­ing of park­ing changes, the coun­cil con­firmed that ma­jor work on cre­at­ing cy­cle­ways, foot­paths, land­scap­ing, street changes and car park­ing in the Ger­ald Street area would not be­gin un­til fund­ing had been pro­posed and ap­proved as part of the 2018-2028 long term plan. Con­struc­tion would then take place pro­gres­sively over the fol­low­ing years.

None of the ex­ist­ing car parks along Ger­ald Street would be re­moved un­til new park­ing is avail­able nearby to off­set this. The coun­cil will in­ves­ti­gate ways to op­ti­mise how ex­ist­ing park­ing spa­ces are used, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing shorter time lim­its and im­prov­ing en­force­ment.

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