Upgrade delay vexes lake view bar owners
Two Wanaka businessmen are disappointed a roading layout upgrade destined to take place in front of their businesses has been delayed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Trout Bar owner Nathan Simon and Lake Bar owner Peter Byrne, who have businesses on Ardmore St with views of the lake, said the proposed upgrade was expected to take place before Christmas. The upgrade would mean customers would be able to take in the views of Lake Wanaka without it being obstructed by parked cars. There were seven car parks spread across the front of their business which were set to be removed as part of the Ardmore St upgrade. As part of the plan the footpath would be extended and a pedestrian refuge would be put in place allowing more room for walkers and a roundabout was being installed at the intersec- tion of Ardmore and Dungarvon streets. But the pair have been told part of the project was being delayed until March. Mr Simon said he was looking forward to the upgrade happening before Christmas and before the busy season got under way. ‘‘It (the council) knows how ugly this area is,’’ Mr Simon said. He had been told the delay was because of dust problems that could eventuate during construction in the wind. But it would also be a busy period next year when it was expected to take place because of Easter and Warbirds Over Wanaka. Mr Byrne said there were other options the council could investigate to improve the area before Christmas. ‘‘We believed it could something in the interim. ‘‘Even with limited resources it could do something,’’ Mr Byrne said. The council did not respond to questions about the upgrade or the delay by press deadline yesterday.
Blocked: Trout Bar owner Nathan Simon and Lake Bar owner Peter Byrne stand near car parks which block their customers’ view of Lake Wanaka when used. The council has delayed upgrading the area until next year.
Delayed: Plans of the proposed layout changes near the Trout Bar and the Lake Bar. The red shaded area shows where the part of the road would become an island and a pedestrian refuge for walkers.