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Whangarei CBD Parking

Whangarei CBD Parking does affect us in Bream Bay as many of us go to "town" every now and again for sports, restaurants, activities, shopping.

Despite what some may say, the Whangarei District Council has in fact been slowly reducing the number of carparks within the CBD.  The new green space which I believe was needed next to the new Hunterwasser, has removed approximately another 120 carparks, and the Council planners are planning that we have less carparking for the future of Whangarei.

I do believe in shared spaces in a CBD for walkers, cyclists, buses and cars however Whangarei's population is quite small at the moment and is a city that services many rural towns who travel via car.

There is a dire need of affordable parking, or even “free parking” for Whangarei right now.  As most people walk no more than 300m from their vehicles when going shopping, even in large complexes like “Westfields” carparking is setup so that people can see the shop they want to go to.  So do we want the change?

It costs approximately $1000 a day for a business to stay open in Whangarei’s CBD, and if you vote I Robertson (Bream Bay), I will champion the need for more parking, even free parking, so that businesses can stay in the CBD.

Always remember, if people can’t park and shop, then they will go somewhere else, mainly online.  Online shopping maybe easy, however the money is not spent locally, if money is not spent locally, then businesses close, and if businesses close then people leave.  Therefore, it is safe to say that parking is a vital part of keeping people in Whangarei and employed.

Hunterwasser, love it or hate it, it will drive parking demands sky high. So where will they park? A point presently neglected by Council. Driving further congestion and strangling the lifeblood further from the CBD.

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