More space for freedom campers
May 8, 2018
More freedom campers will soon be using Evans Bay Marina.
The City Strategy Committee last week agreed to add five more parks to the site creating a maximum of 20 large vehicle parks, along with fresh toilet facilities and fencing.
The updated bylaw also included appointing an official ranger, rather than security, to survey the area and enforce restrictions on vehicle size, littering and behaviour.
This comes after a public drop-in session was held in the area, which showed 78 per cent of people supported an extension.
Councillor Peter Gilberd presented the new plan noting money would be made back indirectly through tourist spending in the city. The appointment of a ranger was “a masterstroke.”
“As front line officers, rangers are experienced and work well with the public, they interact in a positive way.Unlike the security staff they can enforce the bylaw if they are required to do so.”
Restrictions on vehicle size were also set at seven metres long.
Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman suggested an amendment to add space but not parks.
“We would reject any additional numbers but we would expand the site just slightly to allow for the amenity parking and a little bit more wriggle room.”
“We mark the site out again with some bigger spaces so that everyone knows where they’re going, and we send a clear signal of what we are prepared to encourage and what we’re not prepared to encourage.”
While there are 64 freedom camping spaces in Wellington, there has been enough demand for 85 at peak times.