More Queenstown carparks are being swiped by the local council.
Last week, for deciding to scrap 15 waterfront carparks and spend $250,000 on extending a footpath without consulting businesses. The parks have a temporary reprieve.
But there’s no such luck for up to eight carparks being removed from the Gorge Road carpark, below Industrial Place, to expand the council’s car pound.
In a statement, the council’s regulatory boss Lee Webster says users were advised via leaflets and signs.
The council’s aware of pressure on carparks, he says, but it has no alternative.
“While the Gorge Rd carpark caters mainly for those working in and around Industrial Place, it may be used by people looking for a free alternative to paid parking in town.”
The council last year for using public money - and a budget blowout - to pave three carparks outside Fergburger, one of the most congested pedestrian areas in town.