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Courtenay place taxi stand survey starts

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

NO PARKING: The space for the proposed taxi stand.

Consulation starts tomorrow on a proposal for a Courtenay Place taxi stand to replace 18 car parks after 6pm daily.

Blunt responses are expected from businesses judging by those spoken to by NewsWire.

Paramount Cinemas manager Kate Larkindale says they would be hugely affected by a loss of already minimal parking at the southern end of the street.

She says the taxi stand could easily be put on Kent Tce, or even the other end of Courtenay Pl.

“It’s not that far to go to Kent Terrace or to the other end to catch a taxi.”

Wellington City Council last week voted on the consultation at the same time as agreeing to create a bus lane from the railway station through Courtenay Place to Newtown.

The lane would be operate 24 hours a day in Courtenay Place but at peak times only in other streets.

Ben Bishop, manager at Glengarry Wine on Courtenay Place disagrees with both the bus lanes and with the proposed taxi stand, which would be outside the store.

“It would be a tragedy. I’d be completely opposed. We need that parking and there are enough buses as it is,” Mr Bishop says.

“If [our customers] need a park and they can’t get one, they just aren’t going to come here.

“They’ve already [ruined] Manners Mall – we don’t want them doing that here.”

At the strategy and policy committee meeting last week, some councillors argued taxis are more crucial than buses to the functioning of Courtenay Plc as a “culture centre”, and to the public who would benefit more from taxis than private cars after a night out.

Councillor Stephanie Cook pointed out the proposed taxi stand on the southern end would be safer.

“They would keep taxis readily available in a visibly busy area so people would not be waiting down dark side streets for a ride.”

Council transport network development manager Stephen Harte says consultation will be advertised and available on the council website and on the council’s page in the Dominion Post, and a letter will be sent to businesses which affected.

The council has agreed to explore other locations for a taxi rank during public consultation, before the report returns to council for the final go ahead on September 22.

 

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