Parking issues continue around city

LETTER

Recently two council staff attended a Gisborne Senior Citizens event where we were able to share concerns and ask questions. Quite a few asked about parking around the clubrooms, and excessive noise such as bikes racing around in parks. Unfortunately the staff had no answers, and told us the latter was a police issue.

It was no surprise that out of 45 senior citizens, only one filled in the “feedback paper” handed out. That was mine.

I have asked GDC to see if the owner of the old gas works site in Grey Street, Mitre 10, would let Gisborne people park there as we used to before fences were built. I also asked about the possibility of GDC buying the site and making a proper parking area for citizens.

I mentioned that boaties used to be able to park boat trailers at the boat ramp easily. Last Monday 38 workers cars were parked in the specifically resource-consented ramp parks, with not one available for boaties.

Meng has told us the inner harbour development will start at the end of this year or early next year. Well, the hundreds of us with boats may as well sell them as we have nowhere else to go.

In my letter I said I would go to the police, and I have. They pass the buck, like the GDC, and say it is a GDC/Eastland Port matter.

Why then does the GDC not mark the designated boat and trailer parks right now, instead of doing nothing?

Some club members have suggested cars towing trailers with boats go up each side of Gladstone Road and turn their keys off, blocking the city. Some have suggested an approach to Fair Go.

Finally, as parking is a huge problem anywhere in the city, my letter asked that GDC issue senior citizens a car dash board sign stating “Senior Citizen — Free Parking.”

A response from the GDC is asked for and at the recent AGM senior citizens discussed this idea. The retiring president suggested we write a letter to The Gisborne Herald for all to see our frustrations.

Alain Jorion

Recently two council staff attended a Gisborne Senior Citizens event where we were able to share concerns and ask questions. Quite a few asked about parking around the clubrooms, and excessive noise such as bikes racing around in parks. Unfortunately the staff had no answers, and told us the latter was a police issue.

It was no surprise that out of 45 senior citizens, only one filled in the “feedback paper” handed out. That was mine.

I have asked GDC to see if the owner of the old gas works site in Grey Street, Mitre 10, would let Gisborne people park there as we used to before fences were built. I also asked about the possibility of GDC buying the site and making a proper parking area for citizens.

I mentioned that boaties used to be able to park boat trailers at the boat ramp easily. Last Monday 38 workers cars were parked in the specifically resource-consented ramp parks, with not one available for boaties.

Meng has told us the inner harbour development will start at the end of this year or early next year. Well, the hundreds of us with boats may as well sell them as we have nowhere else to go.

In my letter I said I would go to the police, and I have. They pass the buck, like the GDC, and say it is a GDC/Eastland Port matter.

Why then does the GDC not mark the designated boat and trailer parks right now, instead of doing nothing?

Some club members have suggested cars towing trailers with boats go up each side of Gladstone Road and turn their keys off, blocking the city. Some have suggested an approach to Fair Go.

Finally, as parking is a huge problem anywhere in the city, my letter asked that GDC issue senior citizens a car dash board sign stating “Senior Citizen — Free Parking.”

A response from the GDC is asked for and at the recent AGM senior citizens discussed this idea. The retiring president suggested we write a letter to The Gisborne Herald for all to see our frustrations.

Alain Jorion

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Wiki Gerrard - 6 months ago
GDC is so pathetic.

ray hill - 6 months ago
Alain
I have read your letter and agree with you, but what you and I have to realise is that most of the council just go to work to eat their lunch, some read the paper and others drink coffee.
While I am on the band wagon I would suggest that there should be an early council election and perhaps we may get it right second time around. An example is that two gardeners used to do the median strip and one did the Botanical Gardens and their smoko room was a place just for that, smoko. Now it is luxury with all the modern gear, air conditioning etc. Suppose we can't have them catching a cold.
Ray Hill



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