$2 fee makes carpark safer

By Ella Francis

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An old Warehouse carpark on Hastings' Market St has been used as an innovative way to raise money for local charities.

Stortford Lodge Rotary charges the public $2 for a full day of parking on site, which is monitored by its members.

The club contacted the private owner of the vacated lot after one member noticed his daughter and other members of the public had parked there free of charge each morning.

The club's president Phil Baudinet said that the public did not have a problem with the added cost.

"The response has been very good," said Mr Baudinet. "Most of the people that come in say 'good on you for what you're doing'. We just thought $2 was a fee that's probably less than what you'd pay for a meter or a carpark during the day."

Local resident Nicole Minogue agreed.

She used the carpark frequently but did not mind the additional cost as the money went back to the community.

"I don't like going to the council-run carparks because they had raised their fees. The only carpark that I knew was as low as $2 for the whole day was the one at the back of Kingston Street but there are not many parks there," she said.

Ms Minogue said having Rotary monitor the car park was an advantage as their presence was a deterrent for thieves. She said members of the public had previously reported several car windows had been smashed.

Mr Baudinet said Rotary would keep raising funds until the property was sold. The land's private owner was unavailable for comment.

Money raised by the club will go to local charities like Cranford Hospice, Life Education Trust and the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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