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Upper Hutt Court House car parking to reopen to public

Court house car parking to reopen to public

Ministry of Justice to reopen car park adjacent to the Upper Hutt Court House for public use.

Upper Hutt, 7 July 2014 — Minister for Courts, Hon. Chester Borrows, has announced the reopening of the car parking adjacent to the closed Upper Hutt Court House, offering additional parking to city centre shoppers. The court house car park will be open to the public from Monday to Saturday from
7.30 am to 6.00 pm, offering free parking for up to two hours.

“These car parks will be a welcome addition to city centre parking facilities, particularly to the aged and mobility disabled, given their close proximity to the city centre,” says Lachlan Wallach, director of asset management and operations at Upper Hutt City Council. “The court house, which was closed due to the building being earthquake prone, has been identified as part of the Ngati Toa Settlement. This means that we have the opportunity to take advantage of a temporary situation and offer visitors to our city centre some additional handy and close city centre parking.”

The court house car parks will be free, like all car parking in the city centre, however; the parking facility will be locked at night and on Sundays. The car park remains the property of the Ministry of Justice, yet it will be managed and monitored by Upper Hutt City Council.

Due to the risk of the earthquake prone court house, appropriate signage and fencing must be installed before the car park is safe for public use. It is expected that the car park will be open for public use from today.

The Minister for Courts, Hon. Chester Borrows has also issued a media statement today. It is now available online at www.borrows.co.nz/index.php?/archives/611-Minister-welcomes-car-park-deal.html

About Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

For more information on Upper Hutt City and the City Council, go to www.upperhuttcity.com

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