Plans to free up parking at Matiatia
Controversial plans to free up space for more pay and display parking near Matiatia wharf could be in place by the New Year.
Among opponents are $100 monthly parking space leaseholders whose agreements expire on November 15.
They've been told to lodge expressions of interest for $150 monthly leases by October 20.
But the number of spaces has been reduced by more than half to 75 by Auckland Transport as it works to free up more space for pay and display parking.
A ballot process will follow if there are more applicants than spaces.
North Shore resident Lesley Baillie visits her Waiheke home at weekends and over the summer holidays and is among affected leaseholders.
"Our property is at the far end of the island and has no public transport so we have to rely on our car to get us down the island," she says.
"There has been no consultation with us as leaseholders."
The change aims to ease long-term pressure on existing pay and display spaces that run out after 9am on weekdays. People unable to find parks as a result have missed their ferries.
Drivers lucky enough to find a space at the free Owhanake car park are faced with a nearly 1km walk down to the wharf, rain or shine.
The new developments will free up around 100 leased spaces for 24-hour $3 pay and display parking.
A free parking area at Matiatia that now accommodates 55 cars will also change to pay and display and early morning commuters will be charged $3 to park there.
Users will have the option to pay and park for multiple days.
Ms Baillie says there is no equity in the calculation of fees.
"We object to the fact that you can park on a day by day basis at $3 per day or pay upfront a monthly charge of $150 - which is $5 per day."
But ferry users like Waiheke Island Wine Tours co-owner Jean Goodbrand welcome the news.
"The times I've missed that ferry. I think it's marvellous.
"Really, the pressure for the people who have to go to town for the day is huge.
"It's got to the point that if you are going to Auckland at 10am, you have to get to Matiatia at least half an hour early and park right at the back of the free car park up the hill - if you can get a space."
The $100 monthly parking space leaseholds will expire on November 15.
The number of spaces has been cut by more than half to 75 by Auckland Transport.
New lots for 24-hour $3 pay and display parking.
Free parking area that now accommodates 55 cars will also change to pay and display.
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