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Thursday September 27, 2018

Plea to expand 24-hour parking in Miramar South By Jamie Adams

Miramar South’s 24-hour restricted parking zone has worked but has also brought unintended consequences. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File

A Miramar South resident has pleaded for a restricted parking area in the suburb to expand to discourage freeloading airport users from hogging space and disturbing residents. However the Wellington City Council has decided the zone will stay as it is – for now. In a submission to t he council’s Cit y Strategy Committee on Tuesday, Miriama Williams said the 24hour parking restriction introduced last year had pushed the problem further east, including at her end of Strathavon Avenue that isn’t subject to the restriction. The zone applies to the area south of Caledonia Street and Devonshire Road as far Ellesmere Road and Crawford Green. “Our home is just 10 metres outside the boundary,” Miriama told councillors. “We have lived in our home since 2004 and never had any issue with long-term parkers. “Since the 24-hour zone has been put in place we have had frequent and sometimes regular long-term airport parkers, and it’s particularly bad on weekends. “We hear people drag suitcases, talking loudly, starting cars and unfortunately it

wakes our baby.” Another issue was on-street parking, with many residents now competing for spaces. “With many of us driving to work you can come home to find no parks available and having to park within the 24-hour zone. Some people also park really badly and leave them for a week or more.” Miriama called for the zone to be extended to Ira Street and the Strathmore Park shops – another 400 metres - “so you would make it really unattractive for long-term parkers who would have to walk for over a kilometre to the airport”. However Eastern ward councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said the policy has been a success, with more than half of cars in the restricted area now gone as airport users chose to get there by other means. “I believe it would be inappropriate to revisit the scheme now, to simply do so would draw further resources into an issue that I believe is 95 percent solved.” Chris advocated reviewing the area when parking in Wellington as a whole comes up for review. Fellow eastern ward councillor Simon Marsh expressed sympathy for newly affected residents but was happy it would be considered as part of a wider review. “I think we need to wait for when the airport has its parking building in operation. The airport will have a large parking capacity to fill and they will want to be competitive.” A council report recommendation to retain the status quo was carried unanimously.


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Cemetery Bus Service Karori & Makara Cemeteries This bus service is sponsored by Lychgate Funerals. It operates on the first Tuesday of each month. (If the first Tuesday is a Public Holiday then the bus trip will take place on the following Tuesday). The cost of the return trip is $5.00 per person.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 The pick up points and approximate times are as follows: Depart opposite 38 Onepu Rd, Kilbirnie Miramar Library Newtown Library (opposite) Bus stop – Medway St (outside New World), Island Bay Courtenay Place (Outside 11 Courtenay Place) Lambton Bus Interchange - (Platform C) Rutherford House KARORI CEMETERY (Outside 93 Karori Road) Karori Library MAKARA CEMETERY

1.00pm 1.10pm 1.20pm 1.30pm 1.45pm 1.55pm 2.05pm 2.10pm 2.25pm

The bus will leave Makara Cemetery at 3.15pm for return trip and will pick up Karori Cemetery visitors from the bus stop opposite 93 Karori Road at approximately 3.30pm. Wellington: Ph 385 0745 | Johnsonville Ph 477 6855 | Karori Ph 4766472

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