Town parking petition fails
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.