GDC denies parking wardens ignore illegal parking claims denied

A Gisborne Herald reader’s claim that motorists can park anywhere outside of the central business district without scrutiny by parking wardens has been denied by Gisborne District Council.

Bruce Groves said motorists parking west of Derby Street, and car dealers displaying vehicles on footpaths could act with impunity because wardens, for health and safety reasons and staff shortages, had been instructed not to venture that far out of the CBD.

“How do I know this? I was told by a parking warden that this is the GDC directive to them.”

Mr Groves said the situation had been brought to the attention of council many times “yet it is a practice that continues on a daily basis”.

A council spokeswoman said their parking team would follow up on any request for service around illegal parking ‘‘wherever it occurs”.

“There has been no directive to parking wardens as stated in the letter.

“If people have concerns about illegal parking they should contact council directly at the time so we can follow up.”

It is illegal to park on footpaths.

“Warnings or fines have been issued to car dealers in the past about this.

“If this is reported to council during business hours we will attend or follow up.

“Outside of business hours, members of the public who have concerns about illegal parking can notify police.’’

Mr Groves provided The Herald with photographs of cars for sale parked on the footpath but the were no such vehicles when The Herald checked.

Mr Groves said the public could see car dealers parking cars on footpaths, “especially on weekends’’.

“Have you ever tried ringing the police about anything, and managed to get through, and had them actually show up?”

The parking warden he spoke to should have, according to the council, issued tickets after he spoke to her, but Mr Groves said she did not.

A Gisborne Herald reader’s claim that motorists can park anywhere outside of the central business district without scrutiny by parking wardens has been denied by Gisborne District Council.

Bruce Groves said motorists parking west of Derby Street, and car dealers displaying vehicles on footpaths could act with impunity because wardens, for health and safety reasons and staff shortages, had been instructed not to venture that far out of the CBD.

“How do I know this? I was told by a parking warden that this is the GDC directive to them.”

Mr Groves said the situation had been brought to the attention of council many times “yet it is a practice that continues on a daily basis”.

A council spokeswoman said their parking team would follow up on any request for service around illegal parking ‘‘wherever it occurs”.

“There has been no directive to parking wardens as stated in the letter.

“If people have concerns about illegal parking they should contact council directly at the time so we can follow up.”

It is illegal to park on footpaths.

“Warnings or fines have been issued to car dealers in the past about this.

“If this is reported to council during business hours we will attend or follow up.

“Outside of business hours, members of the public who have concerns about illegal parking can notify police.’’

Mr Groves provided The Herald with photographs of cars for sale parked on the footpath but the were no such vehicles when The Herald checked.

Mr Groves said the public could see car dealers parking cars on footpaths, “especially on weekends’’.

“Have you ever tried ringing the police about anything, and managed to get through, and had them actually show up?”

The parking warden he spoke to should have, according to the council, issued tickets after he spoke to her, but Mr Groves said she did not.

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