Decision made on proposed timed parking in Whitianga 28 August 2018 A proposal for timed parking at the Ferry Landing Wharf and a section of The Esplanade towards Whitianga Wharf will not be introduced, following a decision by the Mercury Bay Community Board. In May we took your feedback on proposed timed parking for these two sites, with 240 minutes for the Ferry Landing Wharf car park and 120 minutes for part of the Esplanade in Whitianga. "The proposal came from concerns that vehicles were occupying the parking areas for long periods of time, sometimes over many days, preventing residents and visitors from using the parks closest to the ferry service and tourists boats for shorter term parking," says Allan Tiplady, our District Manager North. (Picture above: Mercury Bay Community Board members) The feedback received was closely split between resident opposition and non-resident support; with an informal survey indicating a marked disagreement to timed parking from resident respondents. From the feedback, the Mercury Bay Community Board have agreed to retain the status quo. "We encourage people wanting to park their cars for long periods of time to use alternative carparks," says Rekha Giri-Percival, Board deputy chair. "Meanwhile we're asking staff to continue to look at how to manage car parking at these sites during peak times." New proposals for Hahei parking - Have your say Our Council is also proposing some changes to parking in Hahei to better cope with the huge demand from visitors to Cathedral Cove and Hahei beach. We’re more than doubling the capacity of the Hahei Visitor Entrance car park from the current 200 parks and are encouraging visitors to use that. But we also want to amend our Parking Control Bylaw to allow one of these two main options we’re considering to restrict parking on residential streets and berms. Either: Make all Hahei streets, including berms, resident-only parking from October to April. No parking allowed on entire streets or on parts of streets, including berms, with no exemptions for residents, by way of broken yellow lines. We want your feedback on these proposals so we get it right. Consultation closes 10 September. For more details on the proposals and to lodge a submission online go to our consultation portal at www.tcdc.govt.nz/haheiparking.