One Warkworth Business Association has mooted a Park & Ride facility for Warkworth and is testing community support for the idea.
Association manager Murray Chapman says every day he is accosted by people in the streets of
Warkworth upset that they have to drive around the town two or three times to find a car park. And he says with Warkworth’s projected growth the problem is only going to get worse.
“We need to do something because it does impact on retailers quite markedly if people can’t park in town,” he says.
“If we can make it easier for people to get in and stay in town for a while that’s got to be a win-win for everybody.”
The suggestion is for a regular shuttle service to run from the Warkworth Showgrounds into downtown Warkworth. Murray anticipates the service would be used by anyone who wants to shop in Warkworth but are put off because parking is an issue. He says a common complaint is from women who want to get their hair done. This generally takes longer than an hour and means they are forced to move their cars during their hairdressing appointment or risk getting a ticket.
Murray has spoken to one potential shuttle operator who would be keen to offer the service if there is sufficient interest.
It’s anticipated the public would be asked for a gold coin donation to use the service and its regularity would depend on demand, perhaps once every hour on busy days.
Eager to see a shuttle service? Contact Murray via email and signal your support: firstname.lastname@example.org.