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Don McKenzie and I have been working with AT and the mobility parking group on the island for over a year to achieve better access, more mobility parks and address concerns raised by some mobility card holders. Consultation can be a lengthy process, especially when there are differences of opinion within a group, as happened with the disability group on the island. Parking changes have then to be approved through an AT Committee so they can made lawful and infringement notices issued by parking officers.
In addition Don Mckenzie is a member of the Auckland’s DSAG (Disabled Strategic Action Group). Together we went with DSAG members on a lower Queen St walkabout with the Mayor last week. A wheelchair bound ratepayer had previously highlighted the problems he faces with wheelchair access at the ferry terminal in Quay St (see the resolution by the Board below) and these were raised with the Mayor during the walkabout.
The Board passed by four votes to one Resolution number WHK/2012/193 at its June 2012 meeting recommending actions to AT with regard to better mobility parking. It included providing mobility parks in the mooring holder car park area; consideration of a more suitable drop-off and pick-up mobility park at Matiatia; retaining the additional mobility parks in the $6 area; reconfiguring mobility parks in Auckland; use of Queens Wharf for mobility parking; electronic solutions for mobility access to Pier 2. See page 26 on the link below.
Board member Paul Walden requested that his vote against the motion be recorded.