Removing 28 free car parks proposed

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.



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Those who pay rates count for nothing with this council. The DCC is bent on destroying the car. Let them lead by example and stop using their cars whilst in city limits. Would they? ask the hypocrats.

This transport department and its driven by manager nick sargent on his anti-car crusade. This man has climbed to a role he is simply not qualified to do and is now out of control.

A hitchhiking mayor and councillors with reserved packing who do all they can to make fellow motorists' lives more miserable. What a hypocrisy.

"A proposal to remove 28 free parking spaces around Dunedin is to be considered by city councillors" Death by a thousand cuts.

One cut.... Hawkins himself

I wonder why they can't be honest and admit they want to turn Dunedin into a car (and shopper) free city. They have done nothing to improve safety, public transport is still hopeless and they continue to waste money they don't have. Maybe we should go back to the good old days when we all rode horses and the streets of Dunedin were piled up with horse dung.

It's a shame the council refuse to at least be honest with us about why they're doing this. Safety is a Trojan horse.

Click bait car hate. Dunedin Council have abandoned reason for madness. Have you noticed how tyrants prefer social engineering. Generating real wealth and value is hard, virtue signalling and projecting guilt is easy.

I suggest the Dunedin City Councillors do a study on the shambles the Tauranga City Council has turned the Tauranga CBD into all because of the steady removal of 1500 car parks over the previous five years. Now they have had to give us two hours free parking to try and entice the public back into the CBD but alas the area is well past the point of no return! The people of Dunedin have to fight hard to retain what would be best described as a near perfect CBD.

Can we start a petition for a no-confidence vote in this Council, to have them removed?

This cohort is terrible and not representative of my views.

'Anti-car', 'nothing to improve safety', 'I don;t like it so the council should be tossed out'... really people: Most streets in Dunedin have parking on both sides, free every day. Thousands of spaces. Cutting 28 to improve bus access and safety is pretty minor. And, lets be honest, the car has been king for decades. About time it changed. It is one of the most inefficient methods of getting people around a city. Moving a ton of metal to get one person a few km?! Plus it is dangerous, polluting, and dead space 95% of the time. Still, the DCC spends tens of millions each year on roads. How it that 'anti-car'?

Ask yourself why the car has been king? Poor public transport and people being free to decide - is that a crime?

If it was only 28 places people wouldn't be too worried - but it is part of a wider trend. The car has been king for decades for a reason. It was soon realised it was more efficient than horses and trains. It provided freedom to travel and super convenience. Are cars dangerous? Of course not (unless they are badly maintained). I have yet to see a parked car jump out and bite somebody. Do people drive them dangerously? Yes, there are some incompetent idiots about but mostly people travel with no problems. Polluting? Yes, but improving substantially. Come on, joint the real world.

Who is driving this? The Mayor, Graham, Councillors? the Mayor via this org . ?
Dunedin's people are not being heard. It is about time that people start to bang on the Mayor's Door out the front of the Town Hall and take it to him and his merry men and ladies. Until such time he is old school confronted with TV cameras, news crews he will continue to have bloodshot eyes and ignore people and laugh at how easy it is to do what he and his org and Greens want.

Dunedin: stand up. All it will take is one or two people then 20,30, 40 will join in the challenge and confront him. He is railroading Dunedin getting away with it because people are not standing up to the gutless one. If I was in Dunedin, I'd join a protest against what the council is doing.

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