Feedback on parking likely sought

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Feedback will be sought from CBD businesses regarding parking meters between 9am and 10am if the Waitaki District Council adopts a recommendation from the assets committee.

Yesterday’s committee meeting considered a report from council assets group manager Neil Jorgensen on free parking in the CBD from 9am to 10am.

Mr Jorgensen’s recommendation was that metered parking should be continued but that feedback was obtained.

“Metered parking from 9am has been in place for nearly two years and has been largely accepted by the community,” he said in his report. “The metered parking enforcement hours are consistent with other CBD areas in New Zealand.”

After some debate among councillors, Mayor Gary Kircher said if free parking was reinstated until 10am, the cost would “fall where it does”.

He added: “It would show we’re in support of the community and businesses.”

The recommendation will be considered at the next full meeting of council.

Meanwhile, the committee received the roading tender schedule for May-December 2013.

The tenders, with successful tenderers in brackets, were: Bowalley Bridge renewal (Downer NZ) $232,145; Saleyards Rd (Whitestone Contracting) $287,970; road resurfacing 2013-15 (Fulton Hogan) $2.5m; Danseys Pass bridge renewal ($463,079); pavement rehabilitation (The Roading Company) $928,000; Kakanui water and wastewater pipelines (Downer NZ) $1.3m.

Cr Peter Garvan said he believed figures were often commercially sensitive and he thought giving such information, as well as the range of tender prices received, should not be in the public realm.

By CHRIS TOBIN.