Anger spurs DCC parking survey

A survey on Dunedin's issue of the moment - the city council's recently introduced and much maligned parking strategy - will be conducted in the city today.

Council consultant Gabites Porter will have about 20 people on the streets counting how many vehicles are using parks, and interviewing drivers about their parking experiences.

The parking strategy has faced a storm of protest since its introduction in early July, when parking fees increased to $4 an hour in central George St, $3 an hour in streets in surrounding blocks, and $2 or $1 an hour two to three blocks from George St.

In addition, 153 new pay-and-display machines were installed.

Following the angry reaction to the changes, the council promised to review the strategy after three months.

Senior transportation planner Lisa Owen said all paid parking areas would be looked at in the surveys.

In addition to the occupancy count, interviewers would be asking people using parks about the purpose of their visit to the city, how long they stayed, and what purchases they had made.

The survey would be repeated every two hours to get a snapshot of parking throughout the day.

The resulting data would form part of the review.

The data will be analysed next month, and a full report to the council is expected in November.



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