Eyes on park­ing lim­its

Waipa Post - - Crime Line -

Shop­pers who ig­nore park­ing time lim­its may land them­selves a fine in the lead up to Christ­mas.

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil will be keep­ing a close eye on driv­ers in Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu to en­sure peo­ple aren’t park­ing longer than the time lim­its al­low.

Plan­ning and reg­u­la­tory man­ager Wayne Al­lan said it was im­por­tant there was good turnover of park­ing spa­ces for re­tail­ers and shop­pers.

“It’s a busy time in our main streets,” Wayne said.

“We all want to do our Christ­mas shop­ping and ac­cess shops quickly. We need to be con­sid­er­ate of other shop­pers and re­tail­ers try­ing to get shop­pers through the door.”

Coun­cil his­tor­i­cally re­ceives a num­ber of park­ing com­plaints but ac­tive en­force­ment and sen­sors make it eas­ier to mon­i­tor, Al­lan said.

“In Cam­bridge we have sen­sors in­stalled which alert us when a time limit has been ex­ceeded. At this point we can go out and is­sue a fine. In Te Awa­mutu we’ll be ac­tively mon­i­tor­ing the main street.”

Cam­bridge Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Kelly Bouzaid wel­comed coun­cil be­ing proac­tive and said there was unan­i­mous sup­port from the busi­ness com­mu­nity to in­crease en­force­ment.

“Park­ing has been un­der grow­ing pres­sure for some time and with the on­set of the fes­tive sea­son it makes sense for coun­cil to ac­tively mon­i­tor cars,” she said. “There is plenty of park­ing spa­ces for ev­ery­one. It just may mean we have to walk a lit­tle fur­ther, use one of the pub­lic car parks and be mind­ful that we need to re­spect the rules that ap­ply to ev­ery­one.”

Coun­cil is de­vel­op­ing a park­ing strat­egy to im­prove park­ing across Waipa¯ and en­sure cur­rent park­ing is ef­fi­ciently utilised.

The strat­egy will iden­tify short-term and long-term goals to ease park­ing con­cerns as its towns con­tinue to grow.

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