Parking trials a big success
I believe the parking trials in the CBD have been a success.
The benefits that come from giving people more incentive to drive into town, park, and shop and dine far outweigh the benefits of parking revenue. It sure makes for a more relaxed and welcoming environment.
The trials have allowed people to park for longer. They have been able to stay in the same space for up to three hours provided they feed their meters. On Saturdays, parking has been free until 11am.
I want to see the trials adopted as part of Council’s business-as-usual when the parking plan is approved.
In the meantime, myself and deputy mayor Duncan McCann will continue our fight to introduce firsthour free parking.
It will attract more people into the central business district, particularly from throughout the Central North Island. It’s time we restored our mantle as the shopping destination of choice for the wider region.
In other good news, the city’s building sector has broken the back of a seven-year downturn. Since 2008, nearly 400 local construction jobs have been lost. Now, building companies are employing again.
It’s time we restored our mantle as the shopping destination of choice for the wider region.
You might have seen the crane above Massey University where the Wildbase Hospital is being built. Later this year, work is expected to start on another multi-level building at Massey for some of its Food HQ related partners.
In the CBD, things have been quiet on the building front for far too long. It is exciting to hear that work is about to start on the largest build in the central city in more than a quarter of a century – a five level building.
Disappointingly, Council’s third quarter report has highlighted Council’s number one issue – completing the work promised to rate-payers.
Only $20.4 million of the $51.7 million capital budget had been spent. It also showed a surplus of $3.4 million and lower than expected debt, and while these are good things, projects are not being completed on time.
I and many of my council colleagues are adamant that it is time to step things up a notch.