Otago Polytechnic student Sam Sewpersad is worried about the loss of a car park neighbouring Otago Polytechnic and the College of Education. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Finding a park close to Dunedin's College of Education could
become much harder, as more than 200 car parks come under
threat from developments at Logan Park.
A plan to increase the capacity of the University Oval could
put up to about 90 two-hour parking spaces in Logan Park Dr
under threat, and a car park on council-owned land in Union
St East would be lost if a planned $20 million Ngai Tahu
Property-Otago Polytechnic residential hall goes ahead.
People parking in both spots were concerned yesterday those
losses would make it even tougher to find a park in an
already busy area.
Soon-to-graduate Otago Polytechnic student Adam Bazley said
the parking was ''limited as it is'' and the changes would
make ''a lot worse''.
''Unless you are here at 7.30 in the morning, you don't
really get a park,'' he said.
Like many other students, he had to change parks every two
hours so he did not get a ticket.
Fellow Otago Polytechnic students Sam Sewpersad and Jodine
Keeley were also concerned.
Ms Sewpersad said being able to park all day at the Union St
East car park meant she avoided getting fines.
If the parks were not there, she would have to park further
away from the campus. Ms Keeley, who gets up at 6.30am to
travel from Timaru to Dunedin once a week, would have to
leave earlier ''just to get a good park''.
''If they are going to get rid of it, they need to [build
another car park],'' she said.
Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said the project to expand
the University Oval was still at a very early stage.
The council hoped to meet Otago Cricket and the university in
the next month to go over Otago Cricket's proposal in more
detail and no application to stop the road would be made
until after that.
She said the proposal, as it stood, would divide Logan Park
Dr in two and the embankment would be placed on top of the
part of the drive bordering the ground at present.
This meant a small number of parks would need to be removed
outside the oval but parks might also have to be removed
along the rest of the drive, because it would have to become
two-way at either end.
''It's not just a straightforward case of saying 'let's put
this here, and it'll be OK'. It does have a huge impact on
the rest of the area and how we get people around it,
especially during events.''
The proposal could also affect a request from Cr Hilary
Calvert to have the drive renamed Brendon McCullum Dr, in
honour of the South Dunedin-born-and-bred Black Caps captain.
Council information support officer Bruce Hall said any
possible renaming was on hold until it was clear what was
happening with the Otago Cricket proposal.
Senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said his team provided
some advice about future traffic, pedestrian and parking
needs to other council staff planning for the future use of
The advice was likely to evolve but had figured in potential
changes to Logan Park Dr, should the University Oval be
The impact of the loss of parking should the residential hall
development go ahead had not been considered at this stage,
but would be, should it eventuate.
Otago Cricket Association chief executive Ross Dykes said it
was still about two months away from making a formal approach
to council over its plan to install lighting and increase
University Oval's capacity by 2000.
It had not given ''any thought to the fact that there might
be a loss of parking'', he said.
A decision on the Ngai Tahu Property-Otago Polytechnic
residential hall development was yet to be made.
The council and polytechnic have confirmed discussions are
ongoing over the sale of the land.
Otago Polytechnic director of communications Mike Waddell
stressed the car park on the site was ''only temporary''
while decisions were made on its future.
University of Otago services director Barry MacKay said the
university would make a submission to the council on the
issue of parking in the College of Education area.
''The university will continue to work closely with the
council on the matter of management of car parking in the
campus area as part of the review of the Dunedin City
district plan,'' he said.