What a fantastic success the jazz festival at the Historic Village on Good Friday was. It follows the huge success of the multicultural festival and Waitangi Day. It’s a unique visitor attraction but what a pity it is a ghost town mid-week. You have as much chance of getting a short stay park as the proverbial finding a needle in a haystack. I know we should be using buses but that's more appropriate for the people who work all day at the business parks opposite, the wananga and the hospital. For short term visitors from out of town they need designated short stay - one hour Historic Village parking.
The council has spent a lot of money upgrading the village and has accepted the 10 year plan which is full of exciting developments.
I have a gallery at the village. Visitors tell me having driven up and down 17th Avenue, sitting waiting double parked in their cars they have been on the point of giving up when miraculously someone pulls out of a park. Mostly visitors give up and drive away. The Historic Village is a visitor attraction that is almost impossible to visit mid-week.
The response from the council is ‘its a complex issue’ Really - what about 10 Historic Village designated parks by the main gate next to the disability parks? Surely it can't be that difficult.
Jackie Knotts, Imprint Gallery.