Wynyard Quarter is A okay.
On 22 August 2011 we reported that Wynyard Quarter had attracted some dubious car drivers and that there was a major problem regarding parking spaces. Since then we have been in contact with Mike Lee, Nikki Kaye, Christopher Dempsey and John Dalzell who all made a concerted effort to rectify the problems that we had listed. It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that Wynyard Quarter is functioning as it was meant to be i.e. no-parking signs have been installed at all pedestrian crossings, Auckland Transport officials are patrolling the area and street furniture have been installed that act as barriers between pedestrian spaces and cars. The Wynyard Quarter experience has just got even better and is hard to beat – what a pleasure to be walking around there now (even Jellicoe Street has more pedestrians using the area) and we would like to thank everybody for all their hard work and determination to make it work. Thank you, thank you, thank you ! We would also like to share the email that we received from John Dalzell (care of Christopher Dempsey) with you:
Thanks for your email and I fully take on board what you are saying. We are in the process of sorting this out the best we can. We are conscious of the need to act quickly, however, it also needs to be remembered that this is a completely new environment and we want to give people a chance to familiarise themselves with the new roading layouts and parking areas. At this stage, we are reluctant to paint big yellow lines and start towing people away. Rather than behaving in a similar, unacceptable fashion, we’re trying to educate and encourage in a positive way. After all, this is the sort of community we’re looking to build down at Wynyard Quarter.
Here’s an indication of what we are doing in respect of this and other relevant issues:
Inform and educate – increase staff at the Kiosk to assist with communicating with the public, additional people walking the Quarter to monitor such situations and using the Jellicoe Precinct Society, of which all tenants are members, to push the message.
Encouragement – trying to get media, including social media, to pick up on the issues. Installation of physical measures such as seating that clearly flags to the public the only vehicles permitted on the wharf are for the loading and unloading of fish.
Enforcement – from today (Friday, 26 August 2011) we have started issuing warning notices and repeat offenders have been told they will towed. We will continue to work with Auckland Transport for strategies to combat illegally parked vehicles.
We are aware of the seriousness of this issue and I will keep you appraised of further actions we use to address this as they evolve.
John Dalzell CHIEF EXECUTIVE