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Council officials must not out-source parking, say two candidates

Press Release – Malcolm Aitkin
Wellington City Council Labour Candidates Mark Peck (Lambton ward) and Malcolm Aitken (Onslow/Western ward) today said unelected Wellington City Council officials must not hogtie any new council over parking policy.

WCC officials intend to tender out new contracts for many of Wellingtons parking services in August. Mr Peck and Mr Aitken are calling for this process to be halted.

“Wellington City Council officials express that WCC takes five times more infringement fees than Hutt or Porirua Councils as if this is some badge of honour.  We see this as revenue gathering gone mad. For instance, parking wardens can be seen early on Sunday mornings patrolling the suburban streets ticketing cars.

“In some cases at this time the streets are relatively empty of vehicles. What is the damage to the public good from this that deserves such draconian action? It appears to us to be policing for profit,” Mr Aitken said.

“So, we think the Council officials should wait until after there has been an election. We want to bring parking services back in house and abandon the culture behind this revenue gathering practice.

“We call on the Wellington City Council to respect the democratic process and stop this tender from going ahead. In our view they must wait for the new council to be elected as there may be a new collective view on what to do about parking”, Mr Peck said.

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  1. Hel, 28. July 2013, 21:28

    The service was outsourced years ago because councillors thought this was a better option! There are no free lunches. If parking revenues reduce then rates will have to go up to compensate, the issue is more complex than in-house provision vs outsource.

  2. CC, 29. July 2013, 9:42

    Hel – What is so complex? Since the ticket is clipped at least twice for profit taking between service(?) provision and collection, bringing parking control in house would probably result in an increase of Council revenue returns. Of course, if all the other trough feeder outfits like Wellington Waterfront Limited, the bus service etc. were brought back back to where they originated (and paid for), there is a fair chance that rates would not be adversely affected – to the contrary, they might even be reduced!

  3. Nora, 29. July 2013, 17:29

    Mr Peck and Mr Aitken are correct re parking wardens in the suburbs early on Sunday morning as have seen them in Park. Grant and Tinakori Road chalking and ticketing before 10 am…..

    Yesterday was a lucrative day for them with Reading and James Smith car parks closed and a number of events at the Opera House, St James, the Town Hall and the Embassy. By the number of chalked tyres and tickets on the windscreens would be interesting to know what the “take” was! with the 2 hour limit.

  4. Hayley Robinson, 31. July 2013, 13:28

    I would like to add my support to this request: on the eve of an election, no one should tie a future council’s options down. Accordingly, any extensions to the current contracts should ONLY be extensions, and should be short-term in duration (months not years). I would urge current Councillors to add their voices to this request.

    If any new candidates are elected this term, they will already have enough current contracts binding them in. Please do not add parking to the list.

    Hayley Robinson
    Onslow-Western Ward candidate for Council

  5. Richard, 31. July 2013, 16:02

    Hayley’s good commonsense is again just what is wanted,