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‘Keep out of our carpark’ - RSA

Thursday September 28, 2017 Written by Published in Local
The scene at the RSA last Sunday, as vehicles visiting the airport fi lled up parking outside the organisation’s building. 17092705 The scene at the RSA last Sunday, as vehicles visiting the airport fi lled up parking outside the organisation’s building. 17092705

The Cook Islands RSA says it’s fed up with people visiting the airport parking their vehicles and bikes in front of their building rather than in the newly-automated airport carpark.

 

A spokesman says the problem of people avoiding carpark charges has become so bad, some people are even parking their motorbikes in the nearby cemetery. And they have the photos to prove it.

The club supplied CI News with pictures showing the RSA carpark packed with cars, leaving no space for regular patrons’ vehicles.

RSA hours are 3pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday and the area in front of the RSA has been designated for patrons, the spokesman says. 

“Lately the RSA has been attracting passengers wanting to fill in time before checking in meeting overseas flights, and the fact that there is no available parking at the RSA has been off-putting. We’re getting quite a few comments about the lack of dedicated RSA parking.

“Some local residents have been using the area as a long-term car park and others while they pick up or drop off passengers at the airport. 

“Since the new parking arrangement has come into effect the number of vehicles doing this has increased greatly.

“But there is really no difference between the "old" parking fees and the "new" parking fees now being charged - except that now the first 15 minutes are free and previously the charge was a flat $2. 

“If anything, it’s cheaper!

“I have parked in the airport carpark dropping off or picking up for at least an hour at times and the new charge has never been more than $1.”

Stock deliveries to the RSA are a problem as sometimes people park in the official unloading zone too, the spokesman says.

“Vehicles park in that space despite a sign saying, ‘No parking - loading zone’.

“We have tried putting tyres down to stop people parking there but they keep being shifted. And we have tried signs but they are just ignored and people park around them. We are reluctant to put up tow away signs or chain the area off, because there are disadvantages to both.

The spokesman says RSA patrons are frequently forced to drive around to the back of the premises, where the access to the building is up a set of stairs. 

“As many of our members are of mature years the front access with a ramp is much easier to negotiate.

“This whole issue has become a thorn in our sides.”