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Parking plan gets cool response

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Proposals to slap tighter parking restrictions in Howick’s Uxbridge Road car park are receiving a lukewarm response from some businesses.

Auckland Transport (AT) this month sent out a letter saying it had received a request from the local business (sic) “to look into the parking situation in the Uxbridge Rd car park”. The Times has asked to AT to clarify this.

AT has had previous discussions with the Howick Local Board “on ways to address these issues”, which was also raised as part of the Town Centre review in 2014, 2015.

“There is increased congestion and competing demand for on-street parking in and around the surrounding streets of the Howick Town Centre,” this month’s letter from AT said.

AT proposes to:

  • Implement time restrictions at the top part of the Uxbridge car park on both sides of the parking bays, and
  • Introduce P120 parking time restrictions applying between 8am-6pm Monday-Sunday.

A nearby business says there are currently four car parks on the left of the car park restricted to 60 minutes while the rest is all day parking.

The Howick Village Business Association said it understood Auckland Council Planners are currently in the consultation process of a Town Centre Plan for Howick.

“An integral part of this plan is investigating parking in the village and extending down to Howick Beach,” the HVBA said.

“The HVBA believe it would be prudent for this project to be incorporated into the Town Plan rather than in isolation.”

Howick Local Board chairman David Collings said the issue was considered as part of the Howick Parking Strategy, proposed by AT, in 2014.

“The Howick Local Board only supported very minimal changes to parking around Howick and strongly opposed any introduction of any pay-and-display or any major changes,” Mr Collings said.

  • The closing date for consultation in March 28. Feedback can be given online at the AT website. Type Uxbridge into the search box.

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