Residential Parking Permits To Be Trialled
A new system for time restricted parking schemes with exemption permits for residents will be trialed in eligible streets in Freemans Bay and St Mary’s Bay. A trial of residents only parking in Burnley Terrace, Mt Eden has also been recommended at Auckland City Council’s Transport and Roading Committee on Wednesday.
Consultation with residents and businesses about the parking schemes occurred during November and December 2000. Just over half (54% or 1,194) of the 2,198 householders/residences in 48 streets surveyed responded.
“For a self-completion mail-back survey, this is a very strong response rate indicating a very high level of interest in this issue by locals,” says Committee Chairwoman, Councillor Catherine Harland.
“However, the results of the survey show that there are considerable differences of opinion about parking issues,” says Councillor Harland. “Many of the people who indicated they wanted a trial to proceed, did so only if certain conditions were met, for example a further exemption permit.”
Cr Harland says, “The Committee took account of these views and some changes to the original criteria governing provision of the exemptions were agreed. “ All households in eligible streets within the trial area will now be able to apply for one resident’s exemption and those households with no off-street parking will have the option of a second resident’s exemption. During the trial the first exemption will be free, while the second exemption will cost $45.00. “The survey showed that many people wanted Council to provide exemptions free of charge to residents, however, there are significant administrative costs associated with introducing the scheme,” said Cr Harland.
“For the trial period of six months most of these costs will be absorbed by the general rates but if the schemes prove successful then residents who benefit from the exemptions will have to pay an annual fee.”
“Parking in Freemans Bay and St Mary’s Bay has been a weeping sore over a decade,” says Cr Harland. “In proceeding with this trial it is possible that Council will be criticised for failing to design a customised solution that meets the specific needs of every household, business or street. But there is no perfect solution for all and doing nothing will also not meet community concerns.”
“Where people have purchased properties without sufficient parking for the cars they choose to own, it is not Council’s responsibility to guarantee they can park for free on the public road outside their home,” says Cr Harland. “The road is a limited public space that has to be shared. However, in proceeding with this trial Council is attempting to give some priority to local residents.”
“Successful cities around the world experience difficulties balancing the demands of residents, visitors, shoppers and businesses in inner suburbs and no city has achieved an ideal solution for every individual.”
“Having reviewed the consultation findings and agreed an overall policy framework, we now need to see what the impacts are when it is implemented on the ground,” says Cr Harland.
Once implemented the trial is proposed to last six months.
For further information please
Councillor Catherine Harland
Chairwoman, Transport & Roading Committee, Tel: 6368464