Neighbourhood not consulted for elimination of public parking spaces in favour of private, off-street parking access

Martin Krafft made this Official Information request to Wellington City Council

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From: Martin Krafft

Dear Wellington City Council,

In 2018, we applied to the Electric Vehicle Trial, in the hope that you'd install a charger on Stafford Street, Mount Victoria. We don't have off-street parking, and that would have been the only way for us to opt for an electric vehicle.

Unfortunately, Stafford Street wasn't selected as a site for the trial, and we were forced to buy a regular petrol-guzzling car.

My first request to you is that you please provide all relevant information that would explain your decision not to install an EV charger on our street. If you cannot provide individual correspondence with neighbours, a summary will do, although it would be of particular interest to hear what the owners of 3 Port Street submitted.

The owners of 3 Port Street have recently added an off-street garage to their house. Access to this garage will require the removal of 2 coupon parking spaces alongside Port Street. The neighbourhood was not consulted about this in any way similar to how everyone was given a chance to provide input on the EV trial.

One of the main arguments against the EV trial application raised by neighbours was that parking on Stafford/Port Streets was already incredibly scarce and tight, and converting parking spaces to EV-only would disadvantage non-EV-car owners. The owners of 3 Port Street particularly complained that they are not okay with "the impacts beyond the benefit an individual may gain."

My second and third questions are: Under what conditions can council make a decision in favour of a single party, when the neighbourhood is impeded? Under what conditions can council skip consulting with neighbours about proposed changes to the public, shared spaces for the benefit of individuals?

My fourth question revolves around fees, as fewer coupon parking places also means less communal income. How much did the owners of 3 Port Street pay and/or will have to pay on an ongoing basis to compensate for this loss?

My fifth question is similar: The construction site has been ongoing for months, preventing parking spaces going up on Port Street to be used. What compensation has been paid for this?

Sincerely,
Martin Krafft

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Wellington City Council

Tēnā koe Martin

Thank you for your email dated 18 June 2020 requesting information.

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to respond as soon as possible, but no later than 16 July 2020.

The reference number for your request is IRO-10119

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Jessica Hall
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Oliver Bruce left an annotation ()

Good questions :)

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