24-hour parking limit starts in Miramar
It’s hoped the days of tyre slashing and other vigilante behaviour are over in Miramar with the introduction of a 24-hour parking limit in parts of the suburb.
Over the past year, tensions have been rising as travellers treat suburban streets like a free car park, leading to some frustrated residents hitting back by placing illegal fences and concrete blocks outside their homes.
The new parking restriction comes as a result of a Wellington City Council consultation process earlier this year in which 168 submissions were received.
One of those came from Caledonia St resident Hannah Focas who said the scheme felt like overkill with her street typically unaffected by travellers parking there.
‘‘I’ve never not been able to find a park at home.’’
She said the new restriction would make things harder for her four-car household with only one resident allowed to apply for a parking permit under the new scheme.
‘‘When we made our submission, we asked if we could have more than one permit and we had a few neighbours who said the same but that request wasn’t really honoured.’’
Wayside resident Naomi Stephen-smith also made a submission outlining what she perceived to be the main issues in the area.
‘‘The primary problem is that people choose to park in the streets near to the airport as they think the parking costs at the airport are too high.’’
‘‘Unless this fundamental problem is addressed, the parking problem will continue, either on our streets or in streets outside whatever boundary the council applies.’’
However, council transport strategy and operations portfolio leader Chris Calvi-freeman said there had been plenty of positive feedback as well from residents happy to finally have a resolution.
‘‘The vast majority of submissions were in favour of the proposed scheme which is intended to target non-residents and free up more kerbside parking for residents and visitors.’’
While anyone parking for more than 24 hours in the area would be liable for a parking fine or to be towed, Calvi-freeman said a ‘‘soft-approach’’ would be taken initially, with warnings given in the first instance.
The scheme will be monitored for six months to see how it has performed and whether any further changes are needed.