Newspaper stand proposal may be amended in by law

A controversial proposed control regarding newspaper stands was deleted from a draft Queenstown Lakes District Council bylaw yesterday, but an amended provision may yet be included.

QLDC councillors Lyal Cocks and Cath Gilmour heard submissions on the council's draft Control of Activities and Obstructions in Public Places Bylaw 2010, two of which concerned "containers for vending and distribution of newspapers and pamphlets in public places".

The proposed control would mean newspapers would have to meet several criteria before a stand could be erected on public land.

The criteria included the design, clutter, size and location, with one criterion regarding "community benefit", defined as providing information "beneficial to the general public".

The Otago Daily Times, the Southland Times-Mirror and the Mountain Scene made submissions on the proposed control.

Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ann Lockhart said the working party had taken on board most of the chamber's recommendations, but the chamber still had concerns with "the flavour" of the bylaw.

Remarkables Park Ltd director Alastair Porter said he still had an issue with the definition of a "public place" and also raised concerns about the definition of a "mobile food outlet".

Under the draft bylaw, "mobile traders" had to be at least 100m away from any town centre zone or retail premises selling similar products and relocate every 60 minutes, moving at least 100m away from their previous location.

Crs Cocks and Gilmour would consider the submissions before an amended version of the bylaw was put to the full council for adoption.


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