Market is no more
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.”