Coun­cil crack­ing down on sports fans’ poor park­ing

Waipa Post - - News -

Sports fans are be­ing urged to keep cy­cle­ways, walk­ways and drive­ways clear or risk get­ting a ticket.

Ve­hi­cles have al­ready been spot­ted park­ing across the cy­cle­way/walk­way from the in­ter­sec­tion of Taylor and Vic­to­ria streets in Cam­bridge, head­ing north past the Hau­tapu Sports Club. De­spite clear sig­nage, some ve­hi­cles com­pletely blocked the path, mak­ing it nearly im­pos­si­ble to use.

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil has also re­ceived com­plaints from res­i­dents in Scott St in Leam­ing­ton about ve­hi­cles as­so­ci­ated with netball games block­ing pri­vate drive­ways.

Se­nior en­force­ment of­fi­cer Ken Danby said the last thing staff wanted to be do­ing on a Satur­day morn­ing was is­su­ing tick­ets.

Last year coun­cil was forced to tick­ets cars in Te Awa­mutu be­cause of poor park­ing near the netball courts. Re­peated warn­ings didn’t work but tick­ets did, he said.

“So far this sea­son, no is­sues at Te Awa­mutu have been re­ported and we’re re­ally hop­ing it stays that way. When you go out to watch your kids or grand­kids play sport, you don’t want to come back to a $60 ticket. And lo­cal res­i­dents don’t want ac­cess to their prop­erty blocked.”

Park­ing across foot­paths and cy­cle­ways caused real safety is­sues, par­tic­u­larly for young chil­dren, care­givers with prams, peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and those us­ing mo­bil­ity scoot­ers, he said.

“We’re just ask­ing for a bit of con­sid­er­a­tion, that’s all. If ev­ery­one takes a bit of time to get it right, we can avoid any is­sues aris­ing and we can all en­joy our Satur­day morn­ings.”

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