'Overparking' irks residents

Complaints have been received by the Queenstown Lakes District Council regarding ''overparking'' in residential streets in Frankton.

In October, the council undertook a parking survey which found that at any time there were between 290 and 360 parked cars throughout the survey area.

''Over the entire survey 67% of vehicles were found to be parking for less than half a day, 23% were parked for a full day and 11% were parked for over one full day,'' the report said. It is to be presented to the infrastructure services committee tomorrow.

Much of the overparking in residential streets is perceived to be around parking ''generated by airport users and the commercial centre at Frankton Corner and Terrace Junction''.

''Concerns include difficulties of visitor/residents parking on-street, difficulties of property access and egress, and the aesthetics of streets being parked out by cars.''

It is proposed the infrastructure services committee approves a request from the council's transport manager, Denis Mander, to consult the Frankton community.

Options include: the employment of more parking restrictions around intersections and white lines, continued street controls, and a ''blanket approach'' which could mean area-wide time restrictions, such as P48-hour limits.


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