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Parking in Wanaka’s Anderson Heights is about to become much easier for customers of businesses in the immediate area but possibly more difficult for employees.
Following public consultation and approval by the Wanaka Community Board in July, new parking restrictions around the Anderson Heights commercial area will come into force on November 1.
Board chairman Barry Bruce said many on-street spaces in Anderson Heights were tied up by daily commuters and staff, which limited the spaces available for customers.
“We recognise the new arrangements will require people to change their daily routines so I would encourage business owners to talk this through with their staff so everyone is prepared in advance,’’ he said.
There have been 58 free parking spaces converted to free one-hour spaces and another 10 spaces have been converted to three dedicated loading zones, two on Reece Cres and one on Anderson Rd.
The old Mitre 10 car park will continue to provide free all-day parking close to Anderson Heights businesses which can be promoted to staff and customers, Mr Bruce said.
Queenstown Lakes District Council senior transport engineer Andrew Edgar said the council was confident the changes achieved a balance and would meet the area’s parking needs.
‘‘There will be an initial period of education to remind people of the new restrictions before parking officers begin enforcement from November 1,” Mr Edgar said.