Carparks give way to campervans


One of Queenstown’s biggest council carparks is set to lose dozens of spaces to camper vans.

In a report to be considered at Thursday’s full Queenstown council meeting, it is mooted the 171-space Boundary Street car park will be cut to 105 car parks to allow for 33 camper van slots.

The report, written by principal infrastructure planner Tony Pickard, says two bays of wider and longer camper van slots would be available in summer and a single bay in winter, allowing the others to revert to normal car parks.

“Camper vans typically utilise two ‘normal’ sized parks, or encroach and block footpaths, so the provision will increase the availability of usable parks elsewhere as a partial offset to the loss of spaces here,” the report says.

Compensatory car parks elsewhere would be planned.

A one-way circuit would be imposed and there are also plans for bike storage.

“The current layout includes some inappropriately positioned parks, narrow aisles and the disability parks are too short,” the report says.

More substantive changes are envisioned as part of a wider transport strategy, Pickard says.

Car parks are a hot issue in Queenstown, with plans for 15 spaces  along Marine Parade, as the council budgeted $250,000 to widen the footpath in front of a new building for Skyline Enterprises.

More spaces have gone in Gorge Road as the council .

Last year, the council took flak for a on footpath widening outside takeaway shop Fergburger, in Shotover St.

Pickard’s report details the council’s other transport plans, including budgeting $420,000 for “route protection, designation and land acquisition” to connect Henry, Melbourne and Ballarat Streets.

Another $50,000 has been set aside for retaining town centre parking to 2015 levels. Bike parks would be installed in the Athol and Ballarat St carparks.

Pickard provided a separate report on a pedestrianisation trial in Upper Beach St.

Problems included delivery vehicles blocking Cow Lane, and taking 15-20 minutes to unload, and loading zone abuse.

A council survey of the trial attracted just 14 responses.

Public comments included Beach St retailers being allowed to use the former road space, that sculptures should be added and loading zones should be kept.