Fergburger is offering to cover the cost of widening the footpath to ease congestion outside its Queenstown premises. Photo by Guy Williams.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council should turn down
Fergburger's request to widen the footpath outside its
premises to ease congestion, the resort's chamber of commerce
The council is considering an offer by the Shotover St
business to meet the costs of the project up to $100,000.
A report prepared for the council's meeting tomorrow states
the eatery's popularity meant the footpath became blocked by
people queuing or waiting for orders, or just stopping to
look or take a photo.
At peak times, people sat in the gutters or spilled between
parked cars, and pedestrians were often forced to walk on the
road, creating ''frustrations and safety issues for locals
Fergburger wants to widen the footpath by removing three car
The space would be divided into two ''lanes'' separated by
Steel barriers along the kerb would prevent people stepping
on to the road.
At the council's request, Fergburger provided 25 written
approvals from surrounding businesses and landlords.
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ann Lockhart
said although it had sympathy for Fergburger, it was
concerned about the ''piecemeal'' loss of CBD car parks.
Parking and traffic had been identified as a major CBD
concern, she said.
Removing car parks had a cumulative effect.
Despite Fergburger's strong case, the council had to consider
the broader picture.
In February, the travel section of CNN online praised
Fergburger for serving ''the best burger in the world''.
The article stated that just like checking out the Eiffel
Tower in Paris, ''Ferg's has become the compulsory stop in
Customers spoken to by the Otago Daily Times indicated
strong support for the proposal.