6 Nov 2009

Residents make views plain about parking policy

6:14 am on 6 November 2009

Wellingtonians have told their city council some home truths about how its carparking policy isn't working.

Submissions were heard on Thursday regarding a proposed overhaul of both the residents' and coupon parking schemes.

Among the changes, the council is considering upping the annual $90 fee for residents' parking, restricting those with off-street carparks from getting a street permit too, and restricting the maximum number of permits allowed from two to one for apartments.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast has said too many people expect to have their residential parking applications approved.

Mt Victoria resident Coral Atchison says property owners in the suburb are subsidising out-of-town commuters looking for cheap, all-day parking.

Kelburn landlord Gail Irwin says students, too, are rorting the residential carparks scheme by using false addresses and old tenancy agreements.

A final report on the issue will go to the council next month.