Fo­cus wanted on rate-pay­ing shops

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A Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict coun­cil­lor be­lieves a by­law should do more to pro­tect lo­cal busi­nesses from out­side com­peti­tors.

Leonie Tisch told a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing that she is ‘‘ ve­he­mently op­posed’’ to mo­bile shops, and rec­om­mended the by­law change from 100m to 500m for the dis­tance vis­it­ing op­er­a­tors are al­lowed to trade from re­tail­ers sell­ing sim­i­lar types of prod­ucts.

The 100m re­stric­tion was ‘‘too close’’, she said.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Don McLeod said there was ‘‘a gen­eral ac­cep­tance that mo­bile shops are part of our ur­ban char­ac­ter’’.

Mayor Hugh Ver­coe said he was com­fort­able with the 100m rule.

‘‘By mov­ing to 500m we will be telling them to get out of town.’’

Cr Tisch said they must be care­ful they con­tin­ued to pro­tect busi­nesses who paid rates.

On the cost of con­sult­ing on a sin­gle is­sue the coun­cil de­cided to look at this as part of the next an­nual plan and by­law re­view.

At the same meet­ing the coun­cil amended its Pub­lic Safety By­law, re­lat­ing to trad­ing in pub­lic places, to in­clude pro­vi­sions re­lat­ing to clear ac­cess­ways and stan­dards of clean­li­ness.

The coun­cil re­voked a li­cens­ing scheme for trad­ing in pub­lic places, and sand­wich board reg­u­la­tions.

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