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Parnell Parking Shortage Under Scrutiny

PARNELL PARKING SHORTAGE UNDER SCRUTINY

Auckland City is investigating ways to alleviate the acute shortage of car parking in Parnell through use of long held cash-in-lieu contributions.

Chairwoman of Council’s Transport and Roading Committee, Councillor Catherine Harland says, ‘The long history of high levels of parking offences recorded in the Parnell reflects the strong demand for parking and its lack of supply. Over the years developers have contributed to a fund for the provision of off-street carparking and Council has an obligation to pursue this.’

Three options have been explored to help alleviate the situation. One in Cheshire Street, a second in Parnell Road and a third in Scarborough Terrace. Cheshire Street was rejected due to the complex lease negotiations involved and its distance and steep gradient to Parnell village that would deter people from using the site. A decision by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland not to proceed with a partnership with Auckland City on the Parnell Road site leaves just one viable alternative, the Scarborough Terrace option.

City Construction Ltd, which owns land at 37 Scarborough Terrace, has expressed interest in working with Auckland City to make 80-100 extra parking spaces available. This is more parking spaces than Council could provide if it undertook the project on its own.

The Scarborough Terrace site has easement access to Parnell Road and the plan is to improve this.

Cr Harland says, ‘It is vital that good quality access to and from the site is from Parnell Road, not from Scarborough Terrace.’ Local residents have concerns about increased traffic flows and the Transport and Roading Committee asked officers to advise them and the Parnell Community Committee of the project and as early as possible involve them in the design phase.

‘Council does not want to compromise the residential environment of Scarborough Terrace,’ says Cr Harland. ‘I expect that by involving key local stakeholders early in the project we will be able to achieve a quality outcome for the community and businesses of Parnell.’

An agreement with City Construction will be negotiated with final approval of the terms and conditions going to the Property Transactions Subcommittee.

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