24-hour park­ing limit starts in Mi­ra­mar

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - RUBY MACANDREW

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.

The newly im­ple­mented P24 hour re­stric­tion ap­plies to the area im­me­di­ately north of the air­port. The re­stric­tions are de­signed to stop air­port users park­ing in res­i­den­tial streets.

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