Council launches 60 minute parking trial

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Published: 18 Dec 2018

Timaru District Council is tomorrow launching a trial project to double the time people can park on an area of Stafford Street.

From tomorrow, people parking in the street parks on Stafford Street between Church/Strathallan Street and George Street can now park for 60 minutes, rather than 30 minutes. The rest of Stafford Street will remain unchanged.

The trial is in response to changes in retail patterns and community feedback gathered by the Timaru CBD group, and will run for six months. Retailer and community feedback will be gathered during this period to measure the effects of the change.

Group Manager Infrastructure Ashley Harper said that the trial could provide valuable information to feed into a wider review of parking provision in the Timaru CBD.

“The CBD group has shown that there is community demand to look at how we provide parking in the CBD of Timaru.

In subsequent meetings with them we have been able to discuss the wider issues of providing adequate parking while preserving the unique strengths of our city centre.

“This trial offers us a good opportunity to look at how increasing the parking time in this area effects pedestrian and traffic flow, and it will help frame future discussions we have about the wider vision for the CBD.

“The 60 minute parking in the trial area will start from tomorrow, all the signs should be updated in the next couple of days.”

Timaru District Council offers a variety of parks throughout the CBD including the Sophia Street / Farmers Car Park, a two hour free park above Kathmandu as well as a selection of metered and timed spaces.

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021