TIME LIM­ITS IN CEN­TRAL CITY me­tered park­ing spa­ces TO GO

The Tribune (NZ) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

From the 1st Au­gust 2016 cen­tral city shop­pers will be able to leave their ve­hi­cles in the same car park all day, pro­vid­ing they feed the me­ter. Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil had been trail­ing three hour lim­its in me­tered spa­ces but de­cided to re­move lim­its al­to­gether for 12 months.

“Cur­rently most peo­ple park in a space for less than an hour. If peo­ple are given an in­cen­tive to stay for longer, it means they can shop for longer too. That has got to be good for busi­ness. It gets peo­ple into the city cen­tre and adds vi­brancy,” said Mayor Grant Smith.

The trial will be­gin in the next few weeks af­ter park­ing signs, me­ters and sen­sors are changed. It will con­tinue un­til July 4 next year to al­low the suc­cess of the trial to be eval­u­ated. The Coun­cil also de­cided to make free Sat­ur­day morn­ing park­ing in me­tered spa­ces un­til eleven per­ma­nent.

“The ini­tia­tive pro­motes the use of our cen­tral city parks at a time on Sat­ur­day morn­ing when fewer peo­ple are us­ing them. Peo­ple are also spend­ing more time in the cen­tral city and there has only been a small loss in park­ing rev­enue. We've de­cided to make two hours free park­ing on a Sat­ur­day morn­ing a per­ma­nent fea­ture.

“Palmer­ston North is a draw­card for shop­pers in the wider cen­tral North Is­land. We want to make their whole ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing park­ing an even more pos­i­tive one. We'll be pro­mot­ing these in­cen­tives lo­cally and re­gion­ally to make ev­ery­one aware that park­ing is easy in Palmy,” Mayor Smith said.

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