Parking challenge

LETTER

A challenge to Mr Mayor and Ms CEO of GDC. Take a morning coffee break in the city and observe the parking meter wardens carry out their duties. They pounce and fine vehicles of unsuspecting shoppers and visitors who have omitted to feed the meters (as is their job) even as early as 9am when empty parking spaces abound. This process is archaic, embarrassing and damaging to Gisborne’s reputation. The city likes to be known as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming holiday destination.

The ongoing maintenance costs of meters, wardens, admin, fine-chasing, counting money, banking etc and most importantly the negative response from visitors and residents alike, equate to a questionable if any profit.

Interesting that Mt Maunganui, Whakatane, Whangamata, Whitianga and many other holiday destinations operate nil parking meters. A welcome part of their beachside charm.

Parking limits of 30 mins, 1 and 2 hours would suffice. Most people adhere to a time limit. Parking wardens could continue to monitor obvious over-parking, regos, WOFs.

Business owners and their employees who park outside their place of work need reminding that this practice is detrimental to their customer turnover.

The challenge is to make the decision to get rid of the parking meters. The outcome will revitalise the city. It’s basic common sense.

OBSERVER

A challenge to Mr Mayor and Ms CEO of GDC. Take a morning coffee break in the city and observe the parking meter wardens carry out their duties. They pounce and fine vehicles of unsuspecting shoppers and visitors who have omitted to feed the meters (as is their job) even as early as 9am when empty parking spaces abound. This process is archaic, embarrassing and damaging to Gisborne’s reputation. The city likes to be known as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming holiday destination.

The ongoing maintenance costs of meters, wardens, admin, fine-chasing, counting money, banking etc and most importantly the negative response from visitors and residents alike, equate to a questionable if any profit.

Interesting that Mt Maunganui, Whakatane, Whangamata, Whitianga and many other holiday destinations operate nil parking meters. A welcome part of their beachside charm.

Parking limits of 30 mins, 1 and 2 hours would suffice. Most people adhere to a time limit. Parking wardens could continue to monitor obvious over-parking, regos, WOFs.

Business owners and their employees who park outside their place of work need reminding that this practice is detrimental to their customer turnover.

The challenge is to make the decision to get rid of the parking meters. The outcome will revitalise the city. It’s basic common sense.

OBSERVER

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ray hill - 7 months ago
My sentiments exactly as I have stated beforehand but it needs brains to work it out. Try it for a couple of months, give the people a break. Help the shops out, it will assist them to help pay their rent.

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