6 May 2021
At a meeting on Wednesday 5 May, Hamilton City Council’s elected members voted unanimously to remove a project from the draft 2021-31 Long Term Plan which proposed charging for car parking at Hamilton Gardens.
Consultation on draft 2021-31 Long Term Plan was Council’s most comprehensive community engagement campaign ever and resulted in 5,690 submissions from the public on 11 specific topics. This included the proposed option to charge $5 for cars and $20 for tour buses to park at Hamilton Gardens.
Analysis of the feedback showed that there was strong support to keep as is and not introduce paid parking (3,171 submissions, 64% of total). A key insight was that submitters thought that charging for parking would discourage visitation to the Gardens and that visiting should be free for Hamiltonians. Another theme was that submitters who did support parking charges (1,157 submissions, 24% of total) thought Hamiltonians should be free and the charging should be constrained to tourist buses and visitors from outside Hamilton.
Following discussion, Council resolved that there should be further public engagement on a new proposal to charge non-Hamiltonians $10 for entry to the Enclosed Gardens. The results of this engagement will be included in the draft 2022/23 Annual Plan.
Have you say on paid entry
There will be public engagement with the community later this year on the proposal to introduce an entry fee at Hamilton Gardens.
Please get in touch with your contact details if you'd like to be added to the list to be notified about this.