Goods and signs extend well on to the footpath. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Councillors questioned the need for an increase of more than
150% in the fee charged to Dunedin shops that display goods
When presented with the proposed changes to parking fees in
the draft annual plan, Cr Chris Staynes asked how a 179%
increase, from $33 to $92, in the amount charged annually to
shops using footpaths could be justified, and whether it was
a case of trying to ''sneak revenue''.
He found it hard to believe how council staff could have got
the charge so ''terribly wrong'' previously, that such an
increase was needed.
''I would have thought footpath costs would have been known
and we shouldn't have got it that far wrong.''
Council group manger of regulatory services Kevin Thompson
replied that the increase reflected the ''drastic'' change in
the amount of room second-hand shops were taking up in South
This increase in usage resulted in added enforcement costs,
which was a reason behind the increased fees.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull asked whether it was fair that a
florist, who took up a small amount of space, had to pay more
to make up for the other shops that used more.
Mr Thompson said the increase would be charged to everyone,
but that a ''comprehensive review'' would involve assessing
Cr John Bezett asked if as part of the review staff would
look at charging by square metre, saying ''it's very
important that people pay for what they are using''.
Mr Thompson said it would be ''one of the considerations'',
but staff would first look at whether it was desirable for
shops to be allowed to have displays of goods on footpaths at
After discussions, the councillors voted to agree to the