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Hutt shoppers happy to be paying less for their parking

Aug 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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SHOPPERS in Lower Hutt have reacted positively to the council dropping parking prices in the central business district.

Parking prices in the Lower Hutt CBD have been cut by 40% by the Lower Hutt City Council.

Parking charges on the CBD roads drop from $5 per 120mins, made up of $2 for first hour of parking and $3 for the second hour, to a new flat hourly rate of $1.50

The changes cover Waterloo Rd, High St, Queens Dr, Laings Rd, Margaret St and Bunny St.

Rob Tuckett (82), right, a retired doctor from Wairarapa thought it was excellent that prices had been cuthuttparktuckett.

“It will stimulate more people to come park and shop in the central business district especially with parking in Wellington CBD being ridiculously expensive.”

huttparkRayRay (40), left, a security officer from Petone said he would definitely use the cheaper parking because it was outside his work.

“It will make it easier for people to come to the shops surrounding the mall and encourage people already shopping to stay longer.”

Carol (50), right, a public servant from Wellington, thought it was “an excellent idea” and made her life easier because she came into the Hutt CBD often for meetings.

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However the free Queensgate Mall parking is still an attraction for Gareth West (30), below,a librarian from Wellington.

He said he had no idea about the lower parking prices and did not park in the CBD, so would continue parking in the mall car park because it was free.

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The council is hoping to encourage shoppers to spend more time in the central street-front shops, the council website states.

It is hoped that shoppers getting more time for their money will spend extra time in the CBD shopping area said Gary Craig, divisional manager for city development.

“Parking in Wellington can be up to $4 per hour, Hutt City CBD parking is cheaper and starts at a range of 70 cents per hour in the Riverbank car park and which is less than a cup of coffee,” Mr Craig said.

Those streets were previously part of HC1 red parking zone have now been incorporated into the HC2 Green Shopper’s Zone, after a CBD parking review undertaken by the council earlier this year.

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