Parker protests

South Waikato News - - NEWS / OPINION -

It was a bit of a sur­prise re­cently when we parked on SH 1 in Pu­taruru, and my hus­band went across the road to pur­chase a cof­fee to go, and while wait­ing in the car, I no­ticed a sign on the verge, telling peo­ple this was not a park­ing spot for the res­tau­rant. Now for­give me if I am not up with the play here, but surely this is a pub­lic park­ing area, where we are al­lowed to park for at least 1 hour, if not 2 be­fore we are re­quired to move the ve­hi­cle.

Com­ments to oth­ers have found this is be­com­ing a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence in the Pu­taruru area. A friend was asked to move her car in Ara­puni St, be­cause she was not en­ter­ing the shop which she was parked out­side (she was go­ing to shop two doors up the street).

What is the mat­ter with some shop­keep­ers in Pu­taruru.

We are try­ing to en­cour­age new busi­ness into the area, and two lots (that I know of) are try­ing to limit who can park where.

It is not as if the ar­eas parked in are in the main shop­ping area, in fact well out­side it, so park­ing is not and prob­a­bly never will be an is­sue.

There is even an un­com­fort­able feel­ing about park­ing in a lo­cal busi­ness hub, be­cause the staff are watch­ing to see if you park in Their des­ig­nated park­ing spots, that you ac­tu­ally go into their busi­ness.

Well folks, if I park in those ar­eas, yes I will be buy­ing from you, but if I want to go to get a cof­fee in the same area, I will do so.

Be aware, there are other stores in town sell­ing your prod­ucts and I can take my busi­ness else­where. S Harper, Pu­taruru

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