1491974770665 - Parking time limits to help unclog hospital streets

Parking time limits to help unclog hospital streets

Time limits will be set up on streets around Palmerston North Hospital as officials try to solve the parking quagmire.

Residents and patients say they are fed up with the streets being constantly clogged with cars.

One expectant mother had to walk through the rain with her toddler on Wednesday because there were no parks available.

Two-hour restrictions will be set on one side of the road along Stanley Ave, Terrace St and Rongopai St.

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A drop-off zone will be put in place on Tyndall St to help Russell Street School.

The Palmerston North City Council and MidCentral District Health Board are hopeful the limits will help ease the parking problems.

Once that is done the council will review Featherston St, Tremaine Ave, and Heretaunga St to see if further restrictions are required.

The news has been welcomed by the public.

Kim Matthews was attending her midwife appointment on Wednesday and could not get a park, so had to park down the street and walk through the rain.

“It is just so frustrating, it is awful.

“When it is pouring down with rain and you have got a toddler and you have to walk 10 minutes – it happens a lot and I’m not the only one.”

Matthews said Heretaunga St was often full and the midwife area only had two available parks.

Parking on hospital grounds was just as far away, she said.

Matthews was glad to hear limits would be imposed as it would free up spaces.

“[At the moment] no-one budges.”

Tyndall St resident Leisha Jacobs said parking down her street was “chaotic”.

“The yellow line does not mean anything to anyone, they will park over those.

“There have been a few times we have not been able to get out of our driveway.”

Jacobs said it was a narrow street already and became single lane with parking on both sides.

“I have been abused so many times.”

The hospital has extended its on-site free parking period from 30 minutes to 40 minutes as another means to help resolve the issue.

Officials said it would cost $120,000 per year to extend free parking to an hour.

The hospital made $1.4 million in income from parking last year, before expenses.

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