Hawera parking review on hold

Last updated 09:54 02/08/2012

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An early survey of parking time-limits in the Hawera CBD is unlikely to herald changes before the planned 2014 review.

South Taranaki District Council regulatory manager Jim Single said the survey, undertaken by Hawera's Bizlink Business Association showed little support for change.

"Only nine out of 25 businesses surveyed wanted to see any changes," he said.

"The Hawera Community Board has asked that a parking survey be undertaken with the wider community."

Mr Single is looking at how and when this survey could take place.

"For the rest of the year, the council is currently committed to consulting on the Liquor Control Bylaw, Stock Control Bylaw and Fluoridation in Patea and Waverley."

Bizlink town manager Jane Burke, who undertook the survey and collated the results before presenting them to the Hawera Community Board last month, said there was a lack of response from members.

"It's really hard to get businesses to fill out surveys unless they are absolutely passionate and really want to have their say," she said.

The survey was initiated after local real estate agent Selwyn Metcalfe voiced his concerns at a community board meeting earlier this year.

He wants to see a change across town. Part of the problem is that there are no spaces available because the 60-minute angled parks on Hawera's High St give people too long.

Meanwhile businesses such as his, on Nelson St, are stuck parking their staff in hour-long spaces.

He believes 15 minutes is an appropriate time limit on Hawera's main street and surrounding areas. Side streets and main carparks should be given more time to allow customers time to shop.

He believes it could benefit older residents who needed to make quick stops and continue on with their day.

At the time of publication Mr Metcalfe was overseas and unavailable for comment.

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