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Last updated 12:00 13/03/2014

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Parking enforcement officers could soon be seen around Feilding as the town's central business district reaches its parking capacity.

Feilding has a reputation as a destination free of the rigours of parking fees but a surge of activity in the town has seen the CBD reaching its limit.

Manawatu District Council roading manager Wayne Keightley said the council was considering reinstating parking patrols but he could not say when.

He said there had been no dedicated patrol in his 10 years with the council. Mr Keightley said the council was also looking at reinstating some of the parking time limit signs in the CBD, such as a 60-minute one on Fergusson St.

He said some residents might not even be aware there were time limits on some CBD parking.

"There's been that message around, but there are actually parking restrictions around town. We're just in the process of reinstating some of the signage in the area."

With the growth and rise in popularity of shopping in the town centre, parking was reaching capacity, but there was still plenty of free unlimited parking around the edge of town, he said.

Meanwhile, there have been reports of motorists using disability parks without disability cards. Mr Keightley said this would be monitored if patrols were reinstated.

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