SHARE
Unavailable . . . The parking spaces outside Shoe Biz which were blocked off with orange cones so that Gore District Council staff could weed the centre garden plot. PHOTO:RAY KITTO

Gore business owner Ray Kitto would like the Gore District Council to change the day staff weed the gardens in the middle of the main street.

Mr Kitto said when the gardeners put up cones to block off the parking spaces available in front of his shop he noticed a big difference in the number of people who came in.

”No customers can come into our parking area and it cuts trade down by a country mile,” Mr Kitton said.

”People don’t travel very far from their cars to go shopping.”

The gardens were weeded once a year but the council never let him know the parking area would be closed.

”If only they would have the decency to ask me or inform us.”

When it happened again last week Mr Kitto was very upset.

”I was fuming.”

The parking spaces were usually unavailable for three or four hours.

”I doesn’t sound like much but it is for retail.

”Retail’s that tough today and they go and they do a stupid thing like that.”

He would like the gardeners to spend three hours on a Saturday afternoon weeding the garden.

”What’s wrong with them working on a Saturday?

”One day, three or four hours a year.”

Gore District Council parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said if staff worked at weekends, as Mr Kitto suggested, they would need to be paid overtime which would cost ratepayers more.

Gore’s Main St was part of the state highway which meant when the council’s parks and reserves staff were working nearby there had to be an NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) traffic management plan (TMP) in place.

“A requirement of the TMP is to block off angle parks when traffic is diverted to the left and into the parking lane,” Mr Soper said.

“This is to ensure cars don’t back out of parks directly into the flow of traffic.”

The council lodged TMPs with NZTA on a fortnightly cycle.

”The work we do is very much weather-dependent, which makes it challenging to give businesses any forewarning.”