Mar­ket may go to Lorne St

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A SO­LU­TION may be in sight for the Aotea Mar­kets.

Stall­hold­ers are ne­go­ti­at­ing a trial pe­riod in up­per Lorne St when they are forced to leave Aotea Square this Christ­mas.

The pop­u­lar mar­kets, which have been run­ning for eight years, will be forced out dur­ing the $25 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the square.

There is no cer­tainty they will be able to re­turn af­ter work is fin­ished in two years time.

The coun­cil voted on Thurs­day to in­ves­ti­gate the Lorne St site for a re­lo­cated mar­ket.

Stall­holder Jo Goffe-Robert­son says she is happy to take on re­spon­si­bil­ity for co­or­di­nat­ing the move.

She is “cau­tiously op­ti­mistic” that Lorne St will pro­vide an an­swer to their prob­lems.

“We can do it stand-alone,” she says.

“The back of the St James looks dull and dreary, we would bring some life to the street.”

She says the mar­kets have be­come so pop­u­lar over the years she even has a Chilean pi­lot who comes to her stall ev­ery time he’s in town.

“We pro­vide ex­tra colour and di­ver­sity.

“All the big cities have this sort of cen­tre.”

Stall owner Jen­nifer Dent says most of the 80 stall­hold­ers are self-em­ployed and rely on their sales as a main source of in­come.

She says it would be dev­as­tat­ing to lose the mar­kets com­pletely.

“It’s like los­ing our jobs.”

She says it hurts to think that some coun­cil mem­bers see them as “dropouts”.

“It ac­tu­ally takes a lot of guts and determination to do this.”

Coun­cil­lor Graeme Easte says he doesn’t think the mar­kets would be too dis­rup­tive to the street that fronts the Cen­tral City Li­brary.

He says he hopes the coun­cil of­fi­cers will take a prac­ti­cal, can-do ap­proach to their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“There are some is­sues to be worked through but I don’t be­live they’re in­sur­mount­able.”

Mr Easte says the mar­kets are good for the vi­tal­ity and life of the city.

Auck­land City Coun­cil and The Edge, who help run the mar­kets, looked at more than 20 sites around the in­ner city ear­lier this year but found noth­ing suit­able.

Coun­cil­lor Greg Moyle says Up­per Lorne St is a very quiet road and “on the face of it”, doesn’t have any prob­lem with the idea.

“I don’t want to put a road block in their way and make it harder than it needs to be.”

The coun­cil’s trans­port com­mit­tee will hear back from of­fi­cers and dis­cuss the new site at its meet­ing next month.

A break­away group of stall hold­ers has set up the City De­sign­ers Mar­ket, which will be open ev­ery Thurs­day and Satur­day from 9am to 2pm.

The mar­ket opens this Satur­day at the Ellen Melville Hall con­fer­ence room, Frey­berg Place, off High St.

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