South Waikato News - - Conversations - Stephen Hol­royd, Toko­roa

I am deeply con­cerned with the likely out­come to Toko­roa if the one of the three Op­tions for Leith Place are adopted.

If a lo­cal body set out to se­ri­ously dam­age the in­come lev­els of the busi­nesses in the Cen­tral Busi­ness District of a ru­ral town how would they go about it?

Per­haps they would take the main car park of that CBD: One by dras­ti­cally re­duce the num­ber of park­ing spa­ces avail­able; two make ac­cess to that car park as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble; and three, re­strict the view of po­ten­tial vis­i­tors as much as pos­si­ble.

This is ex­actly what is be­ing of­fered in the three op­tions for the changes to our Leith Place.

When the lo­cals com­plain, you set about treat­ing them as sim­ple chil­dren and telling them that if this work is not done their town will be­come a "Zom­bie Town".

Per­haps the Coun­cil Staff should be obliged to live in the district and the chief ex­ec­u­tive should be obliged to live in the largest town of that district.

There is too much money be­ing earned in this District and be­ing trans­ported and spent out­side this district.

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