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Council extends free parking scheme for over-65s

Friday December 18 2015

Photo shows an older couple walking hand in hand in a PN city street lined with cars and trees.

The Council voted on the measures at its Friday meeting.
From Monday, superannuitants who have SuperGold Card parking permits will be entitled to three hours free parking in metered spaces instead of two. This applies weekdays from 9am to noon.
The Council has issued about 800 SuperGold Card parking exemption permits under the scheme which recognises the contribution of senior citizens to society.
Council has agreed to a trial allowing motorists to remain an hour longer in metered parks from a maximum stay of two hours to three hours. This will be trialled from February until June.
The Council will also trial two hours of free parking in metered spaces on a Saturday morning from 9-11am. This trial will begin 18 February and end on 30 April.
Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says free parking on a Saturday will support another proposal being considered by the Council to help the Albert Street Market relocate to Broadway on a trial basis.
The Council has been discussing the idea with the market operator and stallholders as well as Broadway Avenue retailers.
If approved, the Saturday market would be trialled from February to June next year.
"More than 3,500 shoppers currently use the Albert Street Market each week. We would expect that number to grow if it moves to Broadway. There is an opportunity for retailers to open earlier to take advantage of the market trade.

"Both retailers and stallholders will benefit from increased foot traffic while shoppers will have more variety and choice," Mayor Smith says.
The Council will decide whether or not to approve the Broadway market trial at an extraordinary meeting on Monday.