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Southern View: June 21, 2016

Southern View: June 21,

FREE TUESDAY jUnE 21 2016 379 7100 Southern View Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Bellbird (Korimako) SHOW 1ST-3RD JULY HORNCASTLE ARENA 1 0AM - 5PM Spreydon, Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Cracroft, Cashmere, St Martins, Somerfield, Sydenham, Addington, Waltham, Opawa, Beckenham, Huntsbury, Woolston Overwhelming opposition to removal of car parks • By Tom Doudney OPPOSITION TO the planned removal of car parks in Woolston is gathering momentum with a petition against the move being signed by 771 people. The city council’s proposed Woolston Village Upgrade Plan would see the number of car parks on Ferry Rd reduced from 77 to 21, with motorists encouraged to park on side streets instead. The $1.6 million plan is intended to revitalise the area, with other components including a 30km/h speed limit, new tree plantings and raised median strips. The city council has received 165 submissions on the plan. Woolston Main Street Business Association acting chairman Stephen Hardman said businesses were overwhelmingly against removing the car parks. “Many of the businesses in the street rely upon their customers being able to park at the roadside, nip in and get back in their car and leave,” he said. “If they were to reduce according to the numbers they are proposing it will mean that several businesses will close, no doubt about it.” He said a city council survey showing that there was not great demand for parking was skewed because it was not conducted during the busiest times of the day. Signatures on the petition were collected from shoppers in the area over a two-week period. In her submission on the plan, Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson (left) said it would not deliver on its aim of encouraging and retaining businesses in the area. “In my view, taking a significant number of car parks out of the area will simply mean that people will shop somewhere else,” she said. “They will just drive further down the road where they can stop outside the shop of their choice.” National MP Nuk Korako (left) said that he thought the plan, including car park changes, was a positive move to make the area more attractive for shoppers and the criticism was shortsighted. “The way it is planned at the moment, motorists just pass through it,” Mr Korako said. HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of plans to remove car parks on Ferry Rd? Send your views to tom.doudney@ BAD FOR BUSINESS: Woolston Main Street Business Association acting chairman Stephen Hardman says if the car parks are removed, businesses would be forced to close. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN Please hurry this special offer ends: 30th June 2016. Remember to bring your voucher to your appointment. ouse of earing 100% NZ Owned & Operated CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora 03 310 7355 Papanui 0800 333 606 Kaiapoi Ashburton 03 0800 307333 8949 606 Ashburton 03 307 8949