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Feedback on traffic and parking bylaw needed

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Feedback on traffic and parking bylaw needed by the end of the week

Gisborne District Council is reviewing the Gisborne District Traffic and Parking Bylaw. A number of changes are proposed as result of issues that have been raised since the bylaw was last updated in 2008.

Freedom camping is a well loved summer activity in designated locations around the district. However when people park overnight in our car parks and along our beach front many residents are not so happy. Complaints have been received but the current bylaw does not give Council an option to fine illegal campers. The proposed change makes it an offence for anyone to park on a road or in a public place with the intention of camping unless they are displaying a current freedom camping permit and are parked within Council’s designated freedom camping areas. The proposed maximum fine is $500.

The bylaw also covers parking of heavy vehicles in residential areas. While trucks need to park somewhere feedbacks suggests residents don’t want them down their street. The proposed bylaw makes it an offence to park a heavy vehicle for more than one hour in residential areas. The exception is main roads – arterial routes as defined in Council’s District Plan and parking so businesses can load or unload the vehicle.

It is proposed that fines for those skateboarding in the city centre are reduced. In 2009 champion skateboarder Reuben Baker was fined $750 for skating in the CBD. Feedback suggested the fine was excessive and was later revoked. The bylaw proposes reducing the fine from $750 to $55.

People are asked for feedback on these changes. Submissions must be in writing and close at 4pm on Friday 9 September 2011 and can be made on Council’s website, by mail or email.


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