Parking punishments just don’t seem right

LETTER

I am writing in regards to the article “Call for district policy to include free parking”. On a daily basis I experience my customers cutting their time in my shop and in the CBD short as they are worried or paranoid that there is a possibility they could receive a ticket. This makes it hard for the customer to engage entirely with their shopping experience.

Alternatively, people can shop for longer periods at the bigger chain stores where there is free parking — entailing further disadvantages to smaller, locally-owned businesses in the CBD.

I felt the free parking trial in August 2015 worked well and it created a buzz in the city that was easy to see. It was a successful initiative used by many.

All local small businesses pay a large sum of rates per year and for the council to disadvantage our customers by punishing them for parking in the CBD, where they are spending money, just doesn’t seem right.

There needs to be a change made to ensure there is more opportunity for locals to shop hassle-free to help and create more revenue for our small community, especially in winter when the streets and parks are already noticeably empty.

Obviously there are parking rules and regulations that need to be followed, and there are other factors contributing to why our streets are empty, but change or something new needs to be implemented asap.

concerned small business owner

I am writing in regards to the article “Call for district policy to include free parking”. On a daily basis I experience my customers cutting their time in my shop and in the CBD short as they are worried or paranoid that there is a possibility they could receive a ticket. This makes it hard for the customer to engage entirely with their shopping experience.

Alternatively, people can shop for longer periods at the bigger chain stores where there is free parking — entailing further disadvantages to smaller, locally-owned businesses in the CBD.

I felt the free parking trial in August 2015 worked well and it created a buzz in the city that was easy to see. It was a successful initiative used by many.

All local small businesses pay a large sum of rates per year and for the council to disadvantage our customers by punishing them for parking in the CBD, where they are spending money, just doesn’t seem right.

There needs to be a change made to ensure there is more opportunity for locals to shop hassle-free to help and create more revenue for our small community, especially in winter when the streets and parks are already noticeably empty.

Obviously there are parking rules and regulations that need to be followed, and there are other factors contributing to why our streets are empty, but change or something new needs to be implemented asap.

concerned small business owner

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Wiki - 18 days ago
The parking meters are a total rip-off, implemented by GDC for revenue raising. And yes, when we have come home the main street parks are empty. There are hardly any shoppers because they are all at The Warehouse shopping, with free parking. We live in a town the size of Gisborne here in Australia and there are no parking meters - parks are full outside of shops, many people are walking up the streets going into shops, coming out with shopping, no rushing to go put a coin in the meter and no paranoia about getting a ticket!

Micawber - 18 days ago
I can't believe this letter. A couple of dollars an hour to park is small change to just about everyone I'd say. There are free parks available for those who can't/won't pay but it involves a short period of reliance on shank's pony. If people are worried about getting a ticket they should put an extra 20 cents in the meter, problem solved.
Locals don't shop because they have no money to spend, this is a low wage region like it or not. Solution: More well-paying jobs!! A few flying pigs wouldn't go amiss either.