Killing the CBD

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dur­ing our busiest time in win­ter, be­cause there’s no shel­ter,’’ Blitz said.

‘‘There used to be ve­ran­das, but they were taken away when the Canopies went up. The coun­cil has dropped the ball on this.’’

Sam Ko­rad, who owns a hair salon, said rain and wind was bound to keep cus­tomers away.

She said peo­ple had come to ex­pect cover in the city cen­tre and were more likely to stay away on wet days.

Mur­rell said the in­ten­tion was to com­plete the cost­ings, de­sign and in­stal­la­tion of new cov­er­ings as quickly as pos­si­ble.

A lag time be­tween dis­man­tling and putting up some­thing new was ‘‘un­for­tu­nate’’, he said.

‘‘Th­ese things take time. That’s the truth of it.

‘‘This was never go­ing to be a ‘ pull- down and re- erect’ thing be­cause of the safety as­pects that have arisen.

‘‘We’re go­ing through a process now and it will all be in­cluded in [April’s] long-term plan.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Disgruntled: Business owner Billi Kumar is not happy there could be a lengthy de­lay be­tween the Canopies com­ing down and their re­place­ment go­ing up.

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