Losing out to business and tourism interests

LETTER

Recently some parks intended for boat trailers in the inner harbour have been painted blue, with no mention as to why, although there was speculation about them being highlighted as “no parking” during cruise ship visits.

So the question was put to the council via its Facebook page and the answer back was: “Yes, correct, the blue lines indicate the boat trailer parks. The first row is dedicated to boat trailers. The middle or second row are ‘shared use’ boat trailers and public parking. Signs will be installed in the coming weeks.”

Now it would seem that the boating community’s available parking has been halved from what has been previously stated both during consultation rounds and publicly.

If there is in fact more car parks available, as has been stated, why then should parks intended for boat trailers be shared?

It is also of note that Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, the one organisation which should be arguing for the rights of the boating community — of whom a vast majority are members — has truly dropped the ball on this. Their main focus is seeing that contest days are catered for and not the general day-to-day activities of its members and the wider community.

It is about time the boating community woke up to the fact we are being shafted by the council, whose main agenda surrounding the inner harbour is to further business interests and tourism, ie cruise ships.

It was also interesting to note a recent comment in The Gisborne Herald by the Mayor about “carparks in hot tourism areas”. To me this just sums up how the Mayor and the council see their community and ratepayers.

If the Mayor believes that tourism is the saviour to Tairawhiti’s economic woes then he needs to take his head out of the clouds.

Is the Mayor’s reference to “carparks in hot tourism areas” an indication of his personal plans for the development of Tatapouri, given he has purchased camping ground land opposite the boat ramp out there? Are we now to see boaties affected there also? All I can say is watch this space.

Craig Miller

Recently some parks intended for boat trailers in the inner harbour have been painted blue, with no mention as to why, although there was speculation about them being highlighted as “no parking” during cruise ship visits.

So the question was put to the council via its Facebook page and the answer back was: “Yes, correct, the blue lines indicate the boat trailer parks. The first row is dedicated to boat trailers. The middle or second row are ‘shared use’ boat trailers and public parking. Signs will be installed in the coming weeks.”

Now it would seem that the boating community’s available parking has been halved from what has been previously stated both during consultation rounds and publicly.

If there is in fact more car parks available, as has been stated, why then should parks intended for boat trailers be shared?

It is also of note that Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club, the one organisation which should be arguing for the rights of the boating community — of whom a vast majority are members — has truly dropped the ball on this. Their main focus is seeing that contest days are catered for and not the general day-to-day activities of its members and the wider community.

It is about time the boating community woke up to the fact we are being shafted by the council, whose main agenda surrounding the inner harbour is to further business interests and tourism, ie cruise ships.

It was also interesting to note a recent comment in The Gisborne Herald by the Mayor about “carparks in hot tourism areas”. To me this just sums up how the Mayor and the council see their community and ratepayers.

If the Mayor believes that tourism is the saviour to Tairawhiti’s economic woes then he needs to take his head out of the clouds.

Is the Mayor’s reference to “carparks in hot tourism areas” an indication of his personal plans for the development of Tatapouri, given he has purchased camping ground land opposite the boat ramp out there? Are we now to see boaties affected there also? All I can say is watch this space.

Craig Miller

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Ship in the night - 2 months ago
It's about time the people of Gisborne woke up to the fact that said boat owners are trying their darnedest to blackmail the council to give them the ungivable. Do you think that you are the only ratepayers in this town? I would have thought the parks in the inner harbour would be better utilized for people, not boats. People would be more important than boats. So, come on people of Gisborne/ other ratepayers - don't let these boat people hold us and the council to ransom.
















































Craig Miller - 2 months ago
"Ship in the night" - Just another lame reply from someone who isn't aware of all the facts surrounding the inner harbour project. This isn't about the boating community trying to blackmail the council, it's about the council treating a growing boating community with some consideration.

peter millar - 2 months ago
Reply to Ship in the Night
Hi "Ship in the Night", based on your reply can you confirm your same argument will hold with the airport upgrade? Plane passengers need not have a carpark or drop-off zone, they can walk from Chalmers Rd carrying their baggage. Remove the plane parking area in front of the terminal (the trailer parking equivalent at the harbour); whilst planes are on the ground, they park out on the taxiing runway and passengers can walk to and fro from the terminal. Perhaps we don't even need a terminal for the use of plane passengers, that too would be a waste of money.
Some of those ratepayers who use the ramp (when parking is available) are also berth holders paying pretty good money for that. Are you aware they are losing berth-holder parking, despite a written assurance from Eastland Port some years back that we would not? Are you aware that those berth-holder licenses state the marina (Eastland Port) shall abide by and maintain existing resource consents and not surrender those consents for the term of that licence? Are you also aware these changes at the harbour still do not meet the District Plan and one of the few that have submissions (late ones at that) in support of the change to the District Plan (still to be heard) is that same entity that has existing agreements to not surrender those resource consents or terms until that term ends in 2026?
However, does your nom de plume suggest a quick-fix to some of the problems at times? Are you suggesting that cruise ships only visit at night?
Are you up to declaring a vested interest in cruise ships, or even to put your name to your comment? That may avoid growing speculation you might actually be someone high up in council?

Footnote from Ed: To my knowledge, the author of that comment is not involved with the council or cruise ships.


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