Central city tenants ask DCC not to rush CBD changes

Bars and cafes in the Octagon have closed as part of the nationwide lockdown. Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Two Dunedin residents operating out of the central city yesterday asked the Dunedin City Council to slow down its proposed changes.

Property developer Tony Clear addressed the council at its public forum yesterday, and said he felt in meetings with council staff, they were not consulted on central city changes, but rather were "a recital of what has been proposed".

Mr Clear said the retail environment was fragile and central city business owners were scared.

"They’re scared of any decision.

"You need to hold their hand and make sure they’re involved in decision-making.

"So far, that has not happened."

He asked the council to defer decisions for up to 12 months, to ensure they made a "well-balanced" decision.

Lawyer and Octagon tenant Susie Staley said she believed the council needed to pause and consider previous engagement before moving forward.

Businesses would need time to get back on their feet.

"Take time to engage, not just consult." she said.

She felt there might have been some haste in consultation, and asked the council to "pause and consider previous consultation".

"I urge you to include retailers. Whether we like some of the opinions we hear or not, I think you will get a much better outcome if you bring people with you."



Sounds like a very sensible idea, especially with council debt set to spiral out of control.

Is it?

Yes. Decrease in venue less increase in costs = more debt. More debt plus more deprecation of assets = more loss. And remember Hawkins has already indicated a freezing of rates!

Hopefully, the Cluebird will land one day. I know, I know..."Take a powder". Whatever that means???

Interesting that the Mayor is asking H & J's to reconsider, and that is just what Dunedin retailers are asking from him as well.

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