What do you think about our parking?
Parking in Upper Hutt has been in the news lately, so this week on Neighbourly, we thought we’d ask you about the city’s parking warden and our parking system. We asked if you’d been stung by a ticket and what you thought about parking around our city?
BRIAN CHILDS, BROWN OWL
The sad part, is that councils reap the rewards (about 1/2 of the infringement fee I believe) from this ticketing stream. Whilst parking infringements can earn them $10 or $20, hunting for vehicles with expired WOF’s or registrations is far more lucrative for the council.
I have to question: Is the council there to serve or are they policing. Being both (apart from truly parking infringements) is unacceptable
TRISH HOUGHTON, TRENTHAM
We need a car park building. Perhaps where the Upper Hutt Health Centre is. Look out if there is a funeral at Gee and Hickton’s, as there will be no free car parks. We are fortunate (and unique!) in Upper Hutt to not have parking meters, however, if the Council is reaping the many $400,000 rewards from parking infringements, then where is this money going?
Spend it on a car park buildingnot your Wilson Parking either.
But put it back into better roads, pedestrian crossings and parking spaces - clearly sign posted and lines on the road, so you know if your car is in the proper space.
JOANNE KNAUF, TOTARA PARK
I think the parking warden is really good at her job
I totally understand that if you go to your car, and find you have a ticket waiting for you, it’s frustrating ... but we only have ourselves to blame for parking longer than allowed. We are SO lucky to have free parking in Upper Hutt .. I really don’t like going to Lower Hutt where there are meters everywhere!
So come on everyone let’s be thankful
RALPH POWER, PINEHAVEN
Give her a bike to ride the outer suburbs and ticket the footpath parkers. Three trucks parked on the footpath on Lower Blue Mountains Rd, and one of them was a Traffic Management vehicle, go figure, it doesn’t take much to work out. Road for vehicles. Foot path for walking.
This is a weekly problem in this area and I guess in other suburbs but you never see the police or council check these places out. The oldMOT Traffic used to patrol all the local streets, bring them back and take the pressure of the police.
JOHN GROOME, EBDENTOWN
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the persons who complain and the persons who park illegally?
I would to love to see the Leader headline ‘‘Parking Wardens Redundant’’