By Nathaniel Flynn
Oct. 12, 2011
Holland College parking managers will now enforce their parking rules, says facilities manager Justin Dunn.
September was a grace period where parking restrictions were not enforced, but facilities started enforcing Oct. 3. Students can apply for permits by asking their teacher or supervisor. Students receive orange permits while staff members receive blue permits. Permits need to be hooked on a car’s rear-view mirror.
The college will have a new parking lot complete in late October with 145 parking spaces available on Grafton Street, Dunn said.
There is still space open in the Park Street lot and the college’s patrols have a zero tolerance policy for cars blocking driveways or parked in unmarked spaces, Dunn said.
“Folks, if you keep parking like that, we have no option but to tow.”
Julie Ambrose, a staff member from Health and Community Studies, said she likes the zero tolerance policy. Her car was blocked by a person without a permit and was towed a few minutes later, she said.
“That’s what has to happen.”
However, Ambrose still has problems with time limits set out by the Charlottetown Police. Several streets around the college are no-parking zones from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. The time limits are targeted at college staff and students, Ambrose said.
“Downtown Charlottetown wants us shopping, but not parking.”
In March, Ambrose sent out an e-mail through the college’s mail system giving a link to the City of Charlottetown website so people could voice complaints.
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