Free parking the way ahead

Re: Parking challenge, December 31 letter.

Congratulations Observer, you have hit the nail on the head with your considered observation on parking. There are one or two of us who totally support the suggestions that you have made and I have made those suggestions myself. I am familiar with the free one-hour parking in the main street of Whakatane and it appears to work just fine.

The GDC parking meters have evidently almost worn out and one council suggestion was for hugely expensive electronic meters to be inserted in the roadway in the parking spaces!

However I’m with you, remove the meters completely and initiate free parking for possibly one hour in the inner city and maybe two hours in the side streets. The council does intend to propose a way forward and ratepayers and residents of the district will be consulted to establish a preferred option in this year’s annual plan.

As for business owners and their employees parking outside their own retail space, that is a matter that the business owner has in their own hands to control. And control it they should!

Happy New Year and thank you for a very sensible way forward for parking in Gisborne.

PAT SEYMOUR,

GDC councillor

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.

RAY HILL

Re: Parking challenge, December 31 letter.

Congratulations Observer, you have hit the nail on the head with your considered observation on parking. There are one or two of us who totally support the suggestions that you have made and I have made those suggestions myself. I am familiar with the free one-hour parking in the main street of Whakatane and it appears to work just fine.

The GDC parking meters have evidently almost worn out and one council suggestion was for hugely expensive electronic meters to be inserted in the roadway in the parking spaces!

However I’m with you, remove the meters completely and initiate free parking for possibly one hour in the inner city and maybe two hours in the side streets. The council does intend to propose a way forward and ratepayers and residents of the district will be consulted to establish a preferred option in this year’s annual plan.

As for business owners and their employees parking outside their own retail space, that is a matter that the business owner has in their own hands to control. And control it they should!

Happy New Year and thank you for a very sensible way forward for parking in Gisborne.

PAT SEYMOUR,

GDC councillor

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.

RAY HILL

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