Kapi-Mana News : February 7th 2012
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Apart from one car park, created last year -- formerly the Challenge petrol station -- it has been free to park in the city centre for up to 120 minutes. Porirua City Council has now created two areas for pay-and-display parking that will be in operation from 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday. The areas are in front of the police station (45 parks) and 83 spots have now been set aside at the former Challenge site. The latter has had less than 15 regular all-day users since the coun- cil started charging $5 a day in May last year. Four new pay-and-display machines were installed at a cost of $45,000 and will accept coins only. Parking in the new spots costs $1 per hour, with a maximum charge of $5 per day, and if you park there before 8am, the coupon issued won t start till 8am. The council s environment and regulatory services general manager David Rolfe says the change will largely benefit medium-term and all- day users. This will address the concerns from the pub- lic that there is no medium-term parking in the CBD. It also gives greater flexibility by enabling people to park on a daily basis rather than having to pay for a week at a time. The parking areas will be patrolled by PCC parking officers and vehicles parked for longer than the time allowed or without a coupon will be ticketed. Fines start at $12 for 30 minutes over time. Disabled bus traveller gets rough treatment By KRIS DANDO Bus stop blues: Shane Cotter, Christine Samson and their daughter Ivy-Rose say their treatment from Mana Coach Services is, in general, uncaring. Shane Cotter is fed up. The Waitangirua resident, whose partner Christine Samson has a disability, says an ongoing problem with Mana Coach Services has them at wits end and shows no sign of getting better. As Ms Samson requires a wheelchair, they catch wheelchair-accessible buses near their home up to four times a week for return trips into the Porirua CBD. Trouble is, many of the bus drivers are not sympathetic to their plight. Nine out of 10 drivers sit there and I have to get the ramp out, some of them don t know how to use it. A few won t even take us, saying they have schedules to keep and drive away. It s frustrat- ing, they re not providing the service they should and just don t seem to care. Mr Cotter says two weeks ago one driver was very rough in pulling Ms Samson s wheelchair in, banging her wheels hard on the floor of the bus. She has spina bifida, her lower back particularly sensi- tive to injury. Ms Samson says she is peeved , putting her efforts to catch public transport where possible in jeopardy. You just want to be acknowledged, for the drivers to have some courtesy. If we were elderly, they would help us. Mr Cotter concedes there are a number of drivers who are very helpful, one going out of his way to assist he and Ms Samson in heavy rain last week. But the occasions of bus drivers not fulfilling their requirements to help them is mounting up, he says. The rules on Ms Samson s eligibility for taxis changed recently, meaning they are more reliant on public trans- port than ever. Mr Cotter has rung Metlink -- who run the region s buses and trains on behalf of the regional council -- but is referred to Mana Coach Services to make complaints. He says he has rung them before, speaking to an operations manager more than once, and has had his number taken and been told someone will ring him back. I ve never been called back by anyone at Mana Coach Services. A manager from the com- pany told Kapi-Mana News that Mr Cotter and Ms Samson needed to make a for- mal, written complaint about the service they were receiv- ing. He has been asked to come in and see us, so far he has not done this. He needs to come in, in person, to lodge a complaint -- apart from saying that, I m not willing to com- ment any further. Mr Cotter is adamant he went in to the Mana Coach Services offices in Commerce Cres and filled out a form in the middle of last year . The lady there took it [the complaint], maybe she didn t hand it on. He says he will go in and make another complaint, in the hope it it will lead to better awareness from drivers. Bizarre hoax By ANDREA O'NEIL Elsdon s Cryovac Sealed Air plant will not be shutting down, contrary to a press release sent to media throughout the North Island last week. Sealed Air employs 150 people locally to make food packaging. It is Porirua s third biggest employer and the Wellington region s biggest manufacturer. A press release, mailed to newsrooms in Porirua, Kapiti and Waikato, claimed Sealed Air s Porirua and Rotorua plants would be folded into the company s Hamilton plant this year. It also said the manufacture of some product lines would be moved to China, and that China would eventually take over all lines manufactured in New Zealand and Australia. The press release was attributed to A R Heathcote but Sealed Air executive director Alan Heathcote said it was a bizarre fabrication, which was being investigated.
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