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Change to Traffic and Parking Bylaw

18 Mar 2016

Change to Traffic and Parking Bylaw

We are relocating 150 staff from the Fitzherbert Street administration building into temporary offices at 39 Gladstone Road and the Emerald building while the administration building is being rebuilt.

All staff are set to relocate from Fitzherbert Street during the month of May, with customer services closing at Fitzherbert Street from 5pm on Friday 27 May and re-opening at 39 Gladstone Road on Monday 30 May.

Council chief executive Judy Campbell says, “Operating hours will remain the same, services will remain the same, we’ll just be in a different building.”

“Between 70 - 100 people also visit our customer service desk every day,” says Ms Campbell

“The increased amount of foot traffic is sure to have some positive effect on nearby business.”

Although customer services is moving to the main street, it will still be easily accessible

“We have time restricted parking outside the current council building and so we’re proposing some changes to parking in the river-end block to make it easier for people coming in to see us for payments or information.”

“We’re proposing to remove the pay parking and create 17 time restricted parks available along Gladstone Road, between Lowe Street and Reads Quay.”

Five will be 30 minute parking spots available for people who are in and out with payments or picking up information and the remainder will be 60 minute free parking including 2 mobility parks.

Staff have met with Heart of Gisborne and affected businesses to discuss the changes and what they will mean to them.

The change is for people needing to visit council, not for staff or councillors.

All Council and committee meetings will move from Council Chambers to the Cosmopolitan Club from 19 May.

The Fiztherbert Street offices will be demolished and rebuilt on the same site from July. 

The Environment Planning and Regulation Committee approved the parking schedule change for consultation, to allow the parking changes for the move.

You can have your say on the proposed changes to the bylaw. Submissions close Tuesday 29 March, fill in our online form.