Night moves

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

May I sug­gest the res­i­dents op­pos­ing the night­mar­ket within Dress-Smart’s bound­aries ( Cen­tral Leader, Jan 18) con­tact the One­hunga Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and ask whether they in­tend to poll re­tail­ers on this is­sue.

A sim­i­lar poll was con­ducted at Otahuhu by their as­so­ci­a­tion over their mar­kets. Why not here?

The One­hunga Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion op­posed The Ware­house devel­op­ment at Royal Oak yet is silent over a devel­op­ment within its own con­fines.

The man­ager of Dress-Smart hap­pens to be a sit­ting mem­ber of their ex­ec­u­tive and the night mar­ket does not fall within their orig­i­nal stated busi­ness pur­pose as an out­let mall (when the coun­cil granted con­sent to build).

As one of One­hunga’s lead­ing re­tail­ers it con­cerns me we pay lo­cal rates to an ‘‘as­so­ci­a­tion’’ that sub­sidises a bus to Dress-Smart that gives us no ben­e­fit what­so­ever. Now we have a night mar­ket we find out about in a news­pa­per.

Al­ready One­hunga’s main street is bereft of real in­vest­ment and looks lit­tle bet­ter than a ser­vice lane that re­flects very poorly on the sub­urb’s im­age.

A night mar­ket will con­trib­ute to the de­cline.

The One­hunga Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion cares very lit­tle about this sit­u­a­tion and if any­one dares to speak out they face im­me­di­ate ex­pul­sion. We are pow­er­less to act. It is heart­en­ing the town’s res­i­dents are voic­ing con­cerns oth­ers do not have the courage to con­front.

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