Edgar Centre apology over parking problem

New cars parked behind the Edgar Centre yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
New cars parked behind the Edgar Centre yesterday. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Edgar Centre general manager Blair Crawford has apologised for inconvenience to users caused by a car yard parking excess vehicles there.

Dealership Cooke Howlison had an agreement with the centre to temporarily store some of its new vehicles in parks at the back of the centre.

Mr Crawford said the cars had been there a little longer than two weeks, but were scheduled to be removed yesterday.

Initially, there were more than 25 cars, but they reduced the number recently, he said.

He received ``a few'' complaints about this adding to parking troubles.

``It was a one-off short term arrangement.

``I suppose I want to apologise for the inconvenience,

``I understand that it can be very busy when we have our futsal.

``Wednesday is our biggest competition night. It would be full regardless.''

The arrangement was made to help the company, which was a sponsor of the centre, he said.

``But it's a balancing act, because we don't want it to be at the expense of customers.''

Dunedin man Robert Stewart said parking at the Edgar Centre on Wednesday for futsal could be ``diabolical''.

The dealership's vehicles caused a pressured situation to reach ``breaking point'', he said.

A Cooke Howlison representative could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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