Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Decision made on proposed timed parking in Whitianga

A proposal for timed parking at the Ferry Landing Wharf and a section of The Esplanade towards Whitianga Wharf will not be introduced, following a decision by the Mercury Bay Community Board.

In May, the Thames Coromandel District Council took public feedback on proposed timed parking for these two sites. The proposal was for 240 minutes maximum for the Ferry Landing Wharf car park, and 120 minutes maximum for part of the Esplanade in Whitianga.

"The proposal came from concerns that vehicles were occupying the parking areas for long periods of time, sometimes over many days, preventing residents and visitors from using the parks closest to the ferry service and tourists boats for shorter term parking," says Allan Tiplady, TCDC District Manager North.

The feedback received was closely split between resident opposition and non-resident support. An informal survey indicated a marked disagreement to timed parking from resident respondents.

From the feedback, the Mercury Bay Community Board have agreed to retain the status quo. "We encourage people wanting to park their cars for long periods of time to use alternative carparks," says Rekha Giri-Percival, Board deputy chair. "Meanwhile we're asking staff to continue to look at how to manage car parking at these sites during peak times."

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