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A proposal to remove 28 free parking spaces around Dunedin is to be considered by city councillors.
At the same meeting councillors will also consider another plan that would create 35 new parks in the city’s waterfront area near the stadium.
The first proposal is for 40 unrestricted parking spaces to be replaced by no stopping lines so new bus stops can be installed around the city and to provide for safer entry and exit to existing bus stops.
Although 44 new parking spaces would be created, including seven free parks, overall there would be a net reduction of 28 parking spaces to make way for the changes to the bus network.
Making the changes would have the advantages of improving the "safety, efficiency and access to the transport network", council staff say in a report for the regulatory subcommittee on the traffic and parking bylaw.
Providing appropriate length of parking stays according to the surrounding land uses, improving public transport infrastructure by providing bus stops, and enabling buses to safely enter and exit bus stops, are the other listed advantages of making the changes.
Cr Andrew Whiley is the chairman of the subcommittee and its other members are Crs Jim O’Malley and Steve Walker.
Not making the changes would mean council staff could focus on other transport projects, there would be more unrestricted parks and no confusion, but it would not improve safety, efficiency and transport network access.
The subcommittee will also consider a report from staff recommending councillors make part of Ward St near the overbridge one-way, which would make the area safer and include the creation of 35 new unrestricted angle parks.
The area is presently used by people to park in a haphazard manner.
If the subcommittee recommends the changes to traffic and parking controls at its meeting tomorrow, a report of the proposed changes will be brought before the full council for approval.