Ashburton District Council's 12 month trial of one hour free parking in parts of the Ashburton CBD will start on Friday 16 September, with parking set to be monitored by tyre chalking until new smart sensors are installed.
All parking along East Street – with the exception of some 10 minute parking spaces - will be limited to one hour of free parking and anyone wishing to park longer is encouraged to use the free carpark on West Street or the Eastfield carpark on Cass Street.
Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says the 12 month trial will help Council determine a way forward for Ashburton, following concerns that parking has been affecting the patronage of CBD businesses.
"Council is working on installing smart parking technology to measure how long vehicles are parked. These devices will also provide data on how the parks have been used, which will help establish what actions should be taken once the trial is over."
"Motorists who exceed the one hour limit will receive a $12.00 infringement, which will increase with the length of time overstayed," Mr Catchpowle adds. "Mobility permit holders will not be affected by the trial and can continue to park for free in these 60 minute spaces for two hours."
The parking fee at the Eastfield carpark has been reduced from $6.00 to $2.00 per day on a trial basis until the end of November. The pedestal parking meters on Tancred and Burnett Streets will remain operational during the 12 month trial, costing $1.00 per hour.
Ashburton District Council approved the one hour free parking trial at its last Council Meeting on 25 August 2016.