Small changes to car parks in Newtown will give the public better access to local businesses and improve residents parking.
Local businesses around the Adelaide Rd and Riddiford St intersection asked the Wellington City Council to change the day-long time limits for the car parks on Adelaide Rd, just south of the intersection, to 30-minute parks.
The Newtown Community Centre also asked the council to change the residents parking on Colombo St to two hour parking.
A report on the changes was presented to the council's strategy and policy meeting today. It was passed unanimously.
It said the Adelaide Rd parks were most likely being used by hospital staff and agreed that the time limits needed to change to better serve the businesses in the area.
Two residents parks would also be created to provide parking for the houses in the area.
The report said residents car parks on Colombo St were often empty during the day and that changing the limit would ''provide much needed parking for the community centre and surrounding businesses''.
Transport portfolio leader Andy Foster said the changes were about balancing the needs of all road users in Newtown.
''It's about trying to make sure the residents have parking, but that we are also able to provide short term parking for shoppers,'' he said.
''Everyone seems to be happy with the changes. They are similar to what we did to Hanson St, which worked for that area. The residents association then came back asking if we could extend the changes to other streets.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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