Time limits to curb all day parkers
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.