Mar­ket is no more

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A POP­U­LAR mar­ket in Grey Lynn has been shut down by the Auck­land City Coun­cil af­ter just six weeks.

Lak­ina Foe started the an­tique mar­ket at the for­mer Tip­pets nurs­ery site on Wil­liamson Ave in the hope it could run through­out sum­mer.

The site is to be taken over by the Fire Ser­vice early next year.

Mr Foe didn’t have a li­cence for the mar­ket but the ven­ture was ap­proved and en­dorsed by the West­ern Bays Com­mu­nity Board.

But af­ter a neigh­bour com­plained about noise coun­cil of­fi­cers said he couldn’t con­tinue op­er­at­ing without a per­mit.

Mr Foe says it’s a shame the mar­ket can’t carry on.

“It was start­ing to have a re­ally good feel­ing about it,” he says.

“I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed that they closed me down.”

Mr Foe, who holds the lease on the site, says the re­source con­sent needed could cost up to $40,000 and take three months to process.

“For me that’s a lot of money to open a mar­ket just for a few months.

“The rea­son I wanted to get it go­ing quickly is that sum­mer’s al­ready here.”

Mr Foe, who owns two sec­ond­hand stores in the area, says he had hoped the mar­ket would be a way for young peo­ple to make some cash and also to bring the Grey Lynn com­mu­nity to­gether.

He is now ne­go­ti­at­ing with the owner of an­other site to start a mar­ket be­fore Christ­mas, but could not give any de­tails.

Coun­cil re­source con­sents man­ager Ian Small­burn says be­cause the area is a res­i­den­tial zone the mar­kets would prob­a­bly re­quire a fully no­ti­fied re­source con­sent cost­ing $10,000.

He says he is un­aware of any ad­di­tional costs Mr Foe was quoted.

Mr Small­burn says the mar­ket does not qual­ify for a cheaper tem­po­rary ac­tiv­i­ties li­cence.

West­ern Bays Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Bruce Kilmis­ter says it is a case where “bu­reau­cracy has over­taken ini­tia­tive”.

He says the com­mu­nity board en­dorsed Mr Foe’s idea but was un­able to do any more than make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the coun­cil.

“Our lim­i­ta­tion is that we can­not sup­port him.”

Mr Kilmis­ter says he was also dis­ap­pointed to see the mar­kets go be­cause of “ex­or­bi­tant” coun­cil fees and would have liked to see them con­tinue over sum­mer. “I think it was great. “It was a nice, quiet lit­tle mar­ket and ev­ery­thing seemed very com­mu­nity fo­cused.

“Farm­ers’ mar­kets and lo­cal mar­kets are very much things for the fu­ture.”

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