Ship in, and no parks for boaties

LETTER

Is the inner harbour development really all about providing for our community or, as I suspect, is the mighty tourist dollar more important than the local community?

There needs to be a big rethink to the way the inner harbour redevelopment is being handled by Gisborne District Council and councillors before it is too late.

On Sunday, yet another cruise ship impacted on our large boating community.

Yesterday afternoon I went down to launch my boat and what do I find — not one single park available for the parking of my truck and trailer. The whole front row of parks was cordoned off and the parks in the next row were all occupied by single vehicles. The parks in front of Shed 3 were also full of single cars. Added to this, there was a road closure sign.

Is this to be the norm each time there is a cruise ship visit?

I didn’t read any advertisement that the council was intending to block off boat trailer parks in the inner harbour.

Would someone care to tell me just how the council intends to manage the continuing issues surrounding the availability of trailer parks, and even more so when it comes to the major fishing contest planned this season?

Fortunately the weather yesterday was bad and no one was out, but wait until we have good weather and it will be a completely different story.

All I can say is take your heads out of the sand and take notice of what the boating community is saying. This situation is no different to the problems around the state of the inner harbour ramp, where it took a contractor to tell the council what was wrong — even though the ramp’s users had been saying it for ages . . . and let’s not forget the kids’ swimming debacle.

Craig MIller

Is the inner harbour development really all about providing for our community or, as I suspect, is the mighty tourist dollar more important than the local community?

There needs to be a big rethink to the way the inner harbour redevelopment is being handled by Gisborne District Council and councillors before it is too late.

On Sunday, yet another cruise ship impacted on our large boating community.

Yesterday afternoon I went down to launch my boat and what do I find — not one single park available for the parking of my truck and trailer. The whole front row of parks was cordoned off and the parks in the next row were all occupied by single vehicles. The parks in front of Shed 3 were also full of single cars. Added to this, there was a road closure sign.

Is this to be the norm each time there is a cruise ship visit?

I didn’t read any advertisement that the council was intending to block off boat trailer parks in the inner harbour.

Would someone care to tell me just how the council intends to manage the continuing issues surrounding the availability of trailer parks, and even more so when it comes to the major fishing contest planned this season?

Fortunately the weather yesterday was bad and no one was out, but wait until we have good weather and it will be a completely different story.

All I can say is take your heads out of the sand and take notice of what the boating community is saying. This situation is no different to the problems around the state of the inner harbour ramp, where it took a contractor to tell the council what was wrong — even though the ramp’s users had been saying it for ages . . . and let’s not forget the kids’ swimming debacle.

Craig MIller

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Winston Moreton - 11 days ago
Mr Miller expresses the frustration foisted on everybody by our ECT-controlled port. There was nothing to prevent that small cruise ship tying up at the wharf. Nothing that is except a log ship that could have waited in the stream for the few hours involved. Many of the passengers stayed on board for the smorgasbord lunch rather than get in a lifeboat. I would have too.

Craig Miller - 11 days ago
Winston Moreton, I heard a lot stayed on board the ship and didn't venture ashore yet the Herald article says more than 650 came ashore. So who does one believe? I was down at the harbour for a portion of the day and it didn't visually seem like that many.

Steve - 8 days ago
I was down there today . . . what a complete shambles. Boat trailers parked where there is no room and the trailer parks blocked off!

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