The Hamilton City Council’s infrastructure operations committee extended the parking trial to support local businesses at a Tuesday meeting.
The trial, which began in 2017, offers two-hours of free parking in the city’s on-street metered and pay and display parking and is part of the Central City Transformation Plan.
Representatives from the city’s retail, hospitality, tourism and commercial sectors were present at the meeting’s public forum in support of extending the trial for another year.
The programme is designed to support businesses and allow easy access into the city for visitors, general manager for Hamilton Central Business Association Vanessa Williams said.
“To be able to pop into the central city to carry out tasks, shop or visit businesses without having to give much thought to parking or coins, contributes to the vibrancy of the central city,” Williams said.
Additional changes to city parking are being proposed through the Annual Plan, including converting under-utilised two-hour free parking spaces into all-day paid commuter parking. Resulting in additional revenue of $400,000.