Pocket park parking times

Marlborough District councillors will decide on Thursday whether to limit the amount of time people can park their cars in the carpark next to the new pocket park in Blenheim's Queen St.

Half the carpark on the corner site bordered by Queen and Charles streets is to be developed as a new pocket park within the central business district.

Tenders for building the park have closed, and a decision on who will build it is expected within a week.

Councillor Terry Sloan, who has portfolio responsibility for the CBD, said yesterday that negotiations with a preferred tenderer were under way.

The council's assets and services committee will decide at its meeting on Thursday whether to make the carpark limited to a maximum of two-hour parking and only on a pay and display basis. Parking permits would not be recognised.

A paper for councillors says the Queen St carpark is a pay and display carpark now with no time restrictions, which has allowed vehicles to park there all day. Parking permits are also allowed, and there is high use of them in the carpark.

The building of the pocket park will remove 18 of the 43 carpark spaces, and the reduction in spaces will be made worse by the lack of time restrictions and the high use of parking permits, it says.

There is also a need for short-term parking and disabled parking in the area.

Mr Sloan said the time restriction was a request from surrounding retailers. The council would talk to affected permit holders to look at alternate parking sites and options for them.

If approved, the new restrictions are expected to apply from the start of building the new park.

The Marlborough Express