TIME LIMITS IN CENTRAL CITY metered parking spaces TO GO
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.