Parking remains an issue in growing Morrinsville
Gone are the days where you could park outside of your favourite store in Morrinsville.
Car parking seems to be in demand and complaints from customers aren't entirely because the town is growing.
Businesses are pointing the finger at their own fraternity, suggesting too many workers are opting to park up for the day in the middle of town.
It's effectively denying customers the opportunity to find a park outside their favourite shops.
The Morrinsville Chamber of Commerce said parking had a problem on its radar for some time.
Chairman Nigel McWilliam had heard the subject raised continuously by frustrated business owners. They've told him of complaints from customers trying to find convenient parking along Thames Street and some of the side roads.
Morrinsville jeweller Austin Pattison is critical of the inaction by the Matamata-Piako District Council over enforcement of the 60-minute parking restrictions.
"This is not a new issue and I have complained to council over the years, but now the town is a lot busier, the problem has increased."
He said talk of a new parking area to be developed at the north end of the business precinct would help, but it doesn't resolve the current issue.
Health 2000 manager Janice Spring was told when she purchased the business to park her car in the Countdown-Mitre 10 park behind the main street.
"My concern is for the elderly who frequently can't find a park on our main street," she said.
"Morrinsville is still a small but growing town. Customers still like to be able to park outside or near to the store they are shopping in."
Frustrating as it is to shoppers, recent surveys by the council confirm there's adequate parking space in Morrinsville.
A council spokesperson confirmed no infringement notices had been issued for parking as the business community was happy to police the issue itself.