Newtown closures irk residents
March 8, 2019
The 80,000 to 100,000 people attending the Newtown Fair last weekend forced locals to park several streets away.
The festival is one of Wellington’s annual events, drawing larger crowds each year.
Increasing crowds can be overwhelming at times according to Newtown and Donald McLean Street local Samantha Morris. When the festival is on she is forced to park a few streets away.
“When the roads are closed we usually have to go and park like a few of blocks over.”
The main roads and several side streets of Newtown are closed to all parking whether it be temporary or permanent.
However, Morris was not too worried about the closures as she saw the festival as a very notable feature of Newtown’s identity.
“It’s a pretty cool atmosphere and the diversity of Newtown’s community really comes out in the festival.”
Not all were so supportive of the festival however. A resident of Constable Street disliked the fair because of the crowds and road closures.
“I have to walk further to catch the bus.”
Many of Newtown’s locals relied on public transport and saw the road closures as a hindrance.
Buses are re-routed around the suburb, with some access on Daniell and Mein Streets.
Road closures are between 5am to 9pm on the day of the festival. Some Newtown locals have to navigate the festival and take extra time heading to work.
Those who wish to travel by car or bus on the day of the festival are advised by the Wellington City Council to consult the road closures pamphlet online at http://www.newtownfestival.org.nz/.