1. imagine-invers ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thanks for the feedback and ideas on this issue. A Parking Strategy is being developed that will consider all options for parking. This will include the technology available for paid parking spaces and also where and when parking could be provided subject to time limits. The feedback on this thread will be made available to the Roading Manager to assist in the development of the Strategy.

  2. What G Thinks ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Some towns and cities I’ve visited have free parking for either 60 minutes or 90 minutes with a time display ticket in your window. This gives you time to shop, eat or visit around your park and then move on to the next area of need. If you don’t move on, you will be ticketed. This stops people parking all day and taking parks needed for shoppers or visitors. Businesses can’t survive without customers, so we need to make it easier for potential customers to park in the inner city.

  3. CamInvers ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I agree that we need parking reform but I’m not sure free is the way to go as it can cause more parking congestion as people who live or work in the CBD will park in the prime parking spots for whole days or perhaps multiple days meaning that none of the premium parking spots (Esk St, Tay St etc.) will become available for people just coming in for a casual shop. I think they still need to be paid but increase the upper limit of the parking meters to a couple hours and make it easier to pay using txt-to-park (the system they have in Dunedin) or some sort of app or card usage as cash is becoming more obsolete.

  4. Russell ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I disagree. Remove the paid parking all together. The paid system is limiting customer traffic as people are reluctant to park in the city central are actively using the parking provided by businesses without being their customer (every person I know who lives in or frequents Invercargill uses either Warehouse or Pak-n-Save tfor ‘free’ parking to go to other businesses).

    I’d like to be able to just grab a park on my way through town, do some quick business and bugger off without having to pay the council, on top of rates and other fees like expensive consents, just for privilege of being someones customer who wants to run a business in the CBD, and pay their rates etc too.

    1. PJ ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Yes, Sara. Payment by credit/debit card would be very useful. However, Invercargill has the cheapest parking rates around. I was up in New Plymouth recently & to park in/near the central business part of the city they charge you in 30 minute lots. The longer you stay in the park the dearer each half hour becomes. A cheaper version could be done down here (20c for the 1st half hour, maybe 50c the next half hour & $1 an hour after that.

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