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Those were just some of the findings of the Dunedin City Council’s wide-ranging online parking survey conducted last month.
A majority of the problems identified by the 881 people who took part in the survey were in the area around the University of Otago, the Otago Museum and the Dunedin Hospital.
The most common themes in the responses were availability and turnover of parking spaces, pricing, time restrictions, design and safety, enforcement, parking buildings, all-day parking and the use of technology.
The report on the survey, which will be presented to councillors next week, noted the close proximity of the three destinations put them in direct competition with each other for parking spaces.
People said they now had to leave earlier for work just to ensure they found an all-day parking space both paid and free.
Pricing was another issue highlighted in the survey — the majority of people who commented about the cost of parking said it was too high and many wanted free parking.
A discrepancy between the cost of parking in a council-owned parking building and one run by a private company was also an issue.
Parking outside the Otago Museum was also highlighted, as some people were hesitant to visit the attraction because of the uncertainty of finding a park.