More car drivers in Matakana need to get into the habit of using the new carpark beside the school instead of parking on grass berms in the village centre.
That was the message from Plume Café owner Clyde Cooper at the quarterly Matakana Community Board (MCG) meeting last month.
“I see people parking all over the berms outside Plume,” he said. “We’ve given them a beautiful car park that’s just two minutes walk away, they need to use it.”
Mr Cooper said he was considering planting trees or placing rocks on the grassed areas to stop drivers using them as a parking spot.
MCG chair Simon Barclay agreed that locals especially needed to start using the new carpark, and said signs were needed to make sure everyone knew the facility was there.
“Everybody needs to get in the habit of using it,” he said. “We need to put up signs soon.”
He added that the carpark would soon be properly fenced, thanks to Matakana ITM donating all the materials for a post and rail fence, and it was hoped that cherry trees could be planted along the front.
He said he was also looking into whether Matakana Road outside could incorporate a centre turning area, to allow safer right turns into the carpark and improved traffic flow.