A Cliff Road resident's question about the Tauranga City Council decision to close the Cliff Road carpark last weekend when 20,000 One Love fans were partying on The Domain, has been answered.
Photos of the locked carpark gate and traffic double-parked along the verge were emailed to SunLive, and passed to the city council.
“Is this the way our TCC thinks or maybe they aren't thinking,” states the message with the photos.
“Let's invite people to a concert but keep the closest carpark locked and they can all park illegally. “Maybe the council is looking for extra revenue from parking tickets.”
TCC transport manager Martin Parkes says the council is bound by the Cliff Road carpark's resource consent, which only allows it to be operating on weekdays.
“The consent for those two carparks allows them only to be open Mondays to Fridays."
No parking tickets were issued.
An enforcement officer was deployed to the area to review the situation, but he was verbally abused by quite a few people and withdrew on health and safety grounds, says Martin.
The two carpark buildings in the city centre were both under-utilised.
“Spring St carpark isn't that far from the domain,” says Martin.
“I think the lesson learned for us is next time we have a big event at the domain is we have better temporary signage for the carpark building just to let people know they are available and open.
“I think they were only half to three-quarters full at best over that period.”
The illegally parked cars outside the locked Cliff Rd carpark.