Time lim­its to curb all day park­ers

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAULA HULBURT

Re­stric­tions will be put in place at a busy cen­tral car park in a bid to stop driv­ers be­ing greedy with space.

The amount of time driv­ers can park in the High St car park in Blen­heim CBD has been curbed.

Max­i­mum park­ing times of four hours have been in­tro­duced in a bid to stop peo­ple leav­ing their ve­hi­cles there all day.

The move comes as Marl­bor­ough Dis­trict Coun­cil staff re­vealed some driv­ers were util­is­ing the 53 spa­ces for eight hours or more.

A coun­cil spokesman says the re­stric­tions were in force to cope with de­mand in the pop­u­lar car park which is next to Farm­ers and bor­ders the Tay­lor River.

‘‘Park­ing re­stric­tions are struc­tured to en­cour­age turnover where there is a high de­mand for park­ing space.

‘‘It is a des­ig­nated all day car

‘‘Park­ing re­stric­tions are struc­tured to en­cour­age turnover where there is a high de­mand.’’

park and inevitably at­tracted those peo­ple work­ing in the CBD who are pre­pared to pay to get a park close to work.

‘‘This was noted by gen­eral ob­ser­va­tion by coun­cil park­ing staff and ev­i­dence of oc­cu­pancy rates over time plus ob­ser­va­tion by lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple,’’ he says.

The de­vel­op­ment of the Tay­lor River area saw the loss of 35 car park spa­ces.

Park­ing in the High St car park has been re­duced to a max­i­mum of four hours at $1 a hour. There were pre­vi­ously no time lim­its in place.

Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously re­as­sured driv­ers that the cut in car park­ing spa­ces, which is pop­u­lar with cen­tral work­ers, would have min­i­mal im­pact.

‘‘It is true there are fewer parks as a re­sult of the River­side De­vel­op­ment but High St and Wy­nen St tend to be the car parks most favoured by the gen­eral pub­lic.

‘‘In ad­di­tion to the park­ing build­ing, they can park all day at the Rail­way Sta­tion Pay & Dis- play, Wy­nen St, parts of the Scott/ Kin­ross car park and the Kin­ross Street car park op­po­site the cin­ema,’’ says the spokesman.

The changes come into force on July 1.

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