Boatie needs ignored

LETTER

Re: Gisborne’s ‘three sporting needs’, May 19 story.

Here we go again. Gisborne’s huge number of boaties and the parking issues we face at the harbour boat ramp have been forgotten again.

Just above this article in last Saturday’s paper was a story: “Inner harbour development makeover will add to marina space” — covering 18 cruise ships coming and all the tourists landing at Shed 3. That’s fine, but what about parking?

I would argue local residents come first.

Boating is certainly the most popular sport here. There are thousands of us, way more than any other sport (the story above lists about 2000 for both netball and rugby).

The Tatapouri fishing club is the second largest in New Zealand, with 4600 members. Non-members with trailer boats would be in the hundreds in addition, including Coastguard and MPI Fisheries compliance.

Nowhere is there a mention about parking for boats, trailers and crew’s cars around the ramp at the harbour.

Parks are lacking all over the city but dedicated parking priority at the ramp is critical, with a pathetic 22 trailer parks in total planned in the inner harbour makeover.

As said before, there is plenty of space around the grass along the Turanganui river that leads out through the Cut and into the bay and beyond, if a ramp was to be built there.

The GDC and Gisborne port priorities are wrong and causing a huge amount of angst.

Alain Jorion

Re: Gisborne’s ‘three sporting needs’, May 19 story.

Here we go again. Gisborne’s huge number of boaties and the parking issues we face at the harbour boat ramp have been forgotten again.

Just above this article in last Saturday’s paper was a story: “Inner harbour development makeover will add to marina space” — covering 18 cruise ships coming and all the tourists landing at Shed 3. That’s fine, but what about parking?

I would argue local residents come first.

Boating is certainly the most popular sport here. There are thousands of us, way more than any other sport (the story above lists about 2000 for both netball and rugby).

The Tatapouri fishing club is the second largest in New Zealand, with 4600 members. Non-members with trailer boats would be in the hundreds in addition, including Coastguard and MPI Fisheries compliance.

Nowhere is there a mention about parking for boats, trailers and crew’s cars around the ramp at the harbour.

Parks are lacking all over the city but dedicated parking priority at the ramp is critical, with a pathetic 22 trailer parks in total planned in the inner harbour makeover.

As said before, there is plenty of space around the grass along the Turanganui river that leads out through the Cut and into the bay and beyond, if a ramp was to be built there.

The GDC and Gisborne port priorities are wrong and causing a huge amount of angst.

Alain Jorion

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Turei Kaa - 4 months ago
They haven't been forgotten Alain, they just can't be accommodated as you would like. Four thousand boat owners?! Pphft. How many other people want to use those areas? Alain, why don't you give up trying to blackmail the council to your wishes and give us a break man. You aren't the only ratepayers in this rohe of Turanganui a Kiwa (Poverty Bay) who never got what they wanted. Please, please stop your whining.

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