Changes to our parking 21 December 2017 There were some changes made to our Parking Bylaw at the Council meeting last week you need to note. Grange Road, Hahei Changes to the bylaw mean Grange Road car park will become a drop off area only from 1 October to 30 April each year with no parking other than 2 disabled parks with four hour time limit. From 1 May to 30 September each year parking will be permitted with a flat charge of $15.00 per vehicle with a four hour time limit. The car park will be closed outside of daylight hours all year round and freedom camping will be prohibited. These changes will take effect from 8 January 2018. Our Council has joined with Go Kiwi again this summer to provide the park and ride shuttle bus service, through our peak holiday period from the Hahei Visitor car park to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track. Parking attendants are working on weekends at the top of the Grange Rd to help motorists with parking and boarding the shuttles. From 27 December they will be working every day at both Grange Rd and Hahei Visitor car park over the peak period. "We realise we need to look at how we manage the growing number of visitors within our area and that traffic and parking need managing," says Mercury Bay Community Board Chairperson Paul Kelly. "These services help to relieve traffic congestion in some of our region's favourite holiday destinations, as well as improving the safety for pedestrians and other road users and are also extremely popular," he says. To read more about the Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle visit www.go-kiwi.co.nz. Paku Hill, Tairua Signage has been installed to promote the use of the bottom car park at Paku Drive, Tairua, which is providing space for more cars and a bus. No stopping lines have been installed on Tirinui Crescent and Paku Drive to stop visitors from parking on residential roads, which has hampered access to private properties and caused safety issues. "More people are walking up to the summit, and so to manage parking and driving up this narrow, windy road, we are encouraging people, and tour bus operators, to park at the memorial reserve car park," says Bob Renton, Community Board Chair for Tairua-Pauanui. Space for 17 car parks has now been made available compared with 8 previously at the memorial reserve carpark. You can read the full parking report from the meeting here. Sugarloaf Wharf, Coromandel There's been changes to parking allocation on Te Kouma Road, adjacent to the Sugarloaf, so that the needs of both recreational and industry users can be met. The whole area is available for parking for all vehicles Monday - Friday year round, excluding the period between Christmas Day - 10 January where the whole area is trailer boat parking only. From Labour weekend - Christmas Day and from 11 January - Easter, half the area is open to trailer boat parking only on Saturday/Sunday and public holidays. Christmas Day - 10 January the whole area is trailer boat parking only.