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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 NEWS 4062585AA Delivered to 21,740 Homes and Businesses throughout Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Manor Park and Haywards Cnr Pine Ave and Queen Street, Upper Hutt Ph 528 9654 Now available online at: www.uhleader.co.nz Our Top Ten Stories on: stuff.co.nz go to Newspapers/Upper Hutt Leader Order Photos online at: pix.ccn.co.nz The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. The registered office of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd is 40 Boulcott St, Wellington MANAGER: Jenny Russell firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2422 EDITOR: Rosemary McLennan email@example.com Ph: 528 9654 SPORTS EDITOR: ColIn Williams firstname.lastname@example.org DDI: 527 2427 NEWS: Jimmy Ness email@example.com DDI 527 2428 FOR ADVERTISING: Sandra McIver Advertising Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org DDI 527 2423 Rick Clapham Advertising Consultant email@example.com DDI 527 2424 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING: Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 528 9654 Fax: 528 3021 Call us today 0800 TULLOCH 8855624 300 High Street, Solway, Masterton LIFESTYLE MACHINERY Stockist of all the lifestyle EQUIPMENT to suit you or Cyril Butler 027 294 5010 a/h 4014095AA Park upgrade closer Tenders from experienced con- tractors closed yesterday for the installation of artificial turf and club facilities at Maidstone Park. They are for stages one and two of the Maidstone Park development project. Four civil contractors were approached to tender for the work. Construction is expected to start next month and be com- pleted by the end of next March. The development will involve the creation of a full-sized hockey turf, a full-sized artificial rugby-soccer turf, a practice area, lights, and associated infrastructure including car parking and storage. As part of the overall develop- ment, but separate to the main contract, the entrance to the park will be upgraded and a revamp of the existing changing rooms and toilets will take place. The development will install high quality sports facilities in Upper Hutt, adjacent to the renowned Maidstone Max skate park and adventure playground, and neighbouring Upper Hutt Rugby Club and Orongomai Marae opposite to the Park St big box retail complex. This facility confirms our commitment as a local authority to invest in and work alongside the community in order to pro- vide an outstanding sports hub facility, mayor Wayne Guppy says. Harrison Grierson Consul- tants Limited is project manag- ing the two stages, estimatedto cost $3.8 million. A third stage has been tabled for possible inclusion in the council s long term plan for 2012-2022. All day parking comes to a head By COLIN WILLIAMS A request, backed by an 80-strong petition, from employees in CBD Towers for all day parking at the Hapai public car space has fallen on deaf ears at the city council. Wednesday s services committee fully backed a report, and rec- ommendation, from the city operations director Lachlan Wallach firmly opposing the call for the intro- duction of all day parking at the behind CBD Towers location. To change the nature of a car park just to satisfy the needs of a selected portion of the community is unacceptable and contrary to council s principle of providing public car parking available to all, Mr Wal- lach s report conclusions say. Such a practice would soon snow- ball and have a negative impact on the economy of the CBD. The Hapai car park has a two-hour limit and employees have long battled around this. The existence and strict enforce- ment of a two-hour time limit on the 42-car parking lot . . . has been caus- ing us as a group continual incon- venience, interruption of work and productivity and financial hardship as the result of repeated ticketing, a letter with the petition from Daniel Bohan says. It called for either the removal of the time limit or at least an exemp- tion for employees identified by some sort of coupon, badge or sticker in their vehicles . In the past six months parking wardens have been ticketing twice a day . . . which for us has brought this issue to a head . It is not unheard of for tenants here to receive daily tickets or even multiple tickets in a single day. The only way around this is to leave work, go downstairs and arbi- trarily move one s vehicle from one spot to another. The whole process is redundant and a waste of time. There is no other reasonable parking option within the city, Mr Bohan says, detailing the unsuit- ability of the railway commuter parking because of its popular -- and early -- usage and safety. If there continues to be no viable parking solution here, I m afraid you may soon start to see tenants looking elsewhere for office space, the letter says. Mr Wallach s report noted the practice of moving the car around during the day. While this is not illegal it does go against the intent of a time restric- ted parking area . . . to provide for the customers and visitors to the CBD. There is all day parking available nearby, he says. All day or long stay parking is provided across the other side of Fergusson Dr and at the rear of the council building along Brown St which is a three to four minute walk from CBD Towers . The situation of the petitioners is not specific to Upper Hutt, he says. To suggest that a private building should have preferential use of a public car park is unacceptable. Councillor Nick Thomas, at the meeting, said the petition did high- light an issue. We need to run an education pro- gramme saying where our all day parks are. We obviously have 80 people here . . .weneedtosaywedoprovide[all day] parking and that may address some of the problems, Mr Thomas said.
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