Up­grade de­lay vexes lake view bar own­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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Photo: CHE BAKER 628647402

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.

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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.

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