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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 26-32 Arts 38-39 Education 33-35 Classifieds 48-52 Sport 54-56 ABS ATTRACT DADS School blokes' breakfast 3 QUAKE SURVIVORS MOVE Family's new UH home 7 MOON ENSEMBLE SOUNDS Millennia of song39 Parking fees could mean $800k boost By COLIN WILLIAMS More than $800,000 a year is expected to be collected by the city with the introduction of paid park- ing. All of the new money would be used as a significant invest- ment to enhance the central busi- ness district, council papers sup- porting its proposed long term planing say. The paid parking s set up cost of $1m would be recovered within two years, the council calculates. The suggested move by the 11-person council has been arrived at after a great deal of consideration , papers to the pub- lic detailing the proposed change say. Councillors have looked at the broad detail of the 22 proposals in recent months, with the plans costed and studied for their feasi- bility by staff, but mayor Wayne Guppy says the elected represen- tatives have no set position on the proposals at this early stage in the planning. The parking fees would be set at a very low charge but the park- ing hourly rate is not specified in the information to the public. The initial capital outlay of $1m for this project would be recovered within two years leaving a net revenue income of $800,000 a year . The plan is, in part, a response to continued long-time occupation of CBD car parks, particularly near Main St. Most of us have enjoyed the free carparking in Upper Hutt. However, one of the big drawbacks of this system is the lack of incentive for motorists to turn over the most convenient carparks, the council report says. Surveys have indicated that up to 40 per cent of the spaces immediately adjacent to Main St are used for all- day commuter parking. The better use of the city s existing carparks will delay the cost and the need to provide more parking spaces for the city. Free parking in Upper Hutt is often touted as one of the city s advantages and point of difference and the council plan can be expected to bring some public reaction, probably negative. But the council argues the move will be of advantage to local busi- ness and motorists. Businesses would benefit by having a better turnover [of parked vehicles] and a ready supply of customer parking, the report says. The more frequent turnover of parking would provide the cus- tomer/motorist with the ability to park for a time to suit their needs rather then be restricted by fixed times as is the current case. Kindy toasts cup diversity By JIMMY NESS Standing tall: Iziyah Karehana, 4, and Christina Werahiko, 4, proudly pose with their All Blacks heroes. Photo: JIMMY NESS Trentham Kindergarten got into the rugby spirit during their world nations day last Friday. Children dressed up as their favourite teams and parents each brought in a specialty dish from their home country. Head teacher Sarah Williams says the kindergarten hosts the day each year to acknowledge the different cultures that attend their centre. They have a multicultural mix including Samoan, Australian, Argentinian, Welsh, South African, American and Fijian children. Miss Williams says the kinder- garten is decorated with balloons, flags and life-size cardboard cut- outs of rugby players. They [the children] definitely got a fright when they went in this morning with Richie McCaw by the door. We have had talks about who their favourite players are. They love it. Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Sonny Bill Williams are the three favourite players. Parents even got involved dur- ing the recent Samoa and South Africa clash, Miss Williams says. Turn to P35 for more photos. It's time to have your say at the council Residents can now have their say in the council s long term community plan. The plan includes what the council intends to do over the next 10 years and how much it will cost. Some of the proposed projects include central business district revitalisation, paid parking, and a pedestrian link between the railway station and Main St. To have your say, you can request a submission form at the Upper Hutt City Council reception, Upper Hutt Library or the i-SITE Visitor Centre. Forms are also available online at surveymonkey.com/ s/ltp2012-22preconsultation. Submissions close at 5pm on October 21.
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