Parking review could result in some 'tweaking'

A review of the Dunedin City Council's parking regime may result in "tweaking" in some areas, deputy mayor Syd Brown said yesterday.

The review would be done by the council's parking review working party, and would consider data from the city's parking machines to see if the system was "meeting the needs of the community", Cr Brown said.

The working party was set up to review the strategy, introduced in July last year, after it became the target of protest and criticism from city businesses, with complaints it had led to an alarming drop in trade in the central business district.

Changes were made later in the year, including lowering parking charges and changing time limits, and the furore over the issue died down.

Cr Brown, chairman of the working party, said yesterday he hoped a report would be completed in the next two or three weeks.

The information, taken from data collected from blocks of parking meters, would be considered to see if "further tweaking is required".

The results could be relaxation of rules, or "different treatment" in certain areas.

One area that had come up was View St, the subject of complaints in the past.

Cr Brown said he was not a parking engineer, and the information needed to be checked, but the street did not seem to be being used for parking.

 

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