Sheeran Octagon hub 'fantastic'

Stuart St shop owners are loving the Sheeran Octagon hub, but seem split on whether they would want to see it permanently.

Part of the street and the lower Octagon is pedestrian only during Ed Sheeran Easter, and seats, plantings and decorations have been scattered around the area.

The hub will house events throughout the next few days.

The Perc Cafe owner Sarah Hussey said the set-up was “fantastic”.

“I think it’s going encourage people down this end of town to hang out.”

The council should be praised for their efforts, but if it was permanent it would require more work such as street treatment, she said.

People gather in the 'Sheeran Hub' in the Octagon on Thursday morning, the day of his first...
People gather in the 'Sheeran Hub' in the Octagon on Thursday morning, the day of his first Dunedin concert. Photo: Jono Edwards
Living Light shop owner Jude Steeman said the area looked “vibrant”.

“It’s great. It just feels so creative. They should make it permanent. "

Kiwi Nest souvenir shop owner Colin Lim said the set-up was great, but he would not like to see it permanently.

This was because a shop like his would lose customers, he said.

The Corner Store cafe owner Mark Anson said he was “very positive” about how the hub looked.

He was unsure whether he would want to see it permanently, he said.

The lower Octagon and part of lower Stuart St have been decorated and turned into a pedestrian...
The lower Octagon and part of lower Stuart St have been decorated and turned into a pedestrian-only area for Easter weekend. Photo: Jono Edwards

Comments

Call me the Grinch, but $60,000 for that, I hope that Rate payers see these planters being used around the city afterwards or they are sold to the public and don't end up at some council staff members house.

 

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