Work­ing group draft hub’s fu­ture

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Dis­cus­sions on the devel­op­ment of Toko­roa’s Leith Pl will be ready for vot­ing on in Oc­to­ber.

The newly es­tab­lished work­ing group will re­view sub­mis­sions from 153 peo­ple with an aim to come up with two op­tions.

The group will de­cide whether to come up with a de­tailed plan on the devel­op­ment or to look at the cost sav­ing op­tion of re­vamp­ing the business hub in­stead.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair said coun­cil is keen to be­gin the phys­i­cal work in early Jan­uary if stage one of the devel­op­ment is given the green light.

Un­sure of how a de­ci­sion can be made with­out a bud­get for stage 2 and 3, deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock ques­tioned the process.

‘‘We need to know where we want to go so we can get there. Are we do­ing this right then?’’

Coun­cil­lor Bill Machen said he was un­de­cided if the ma­jor devel­op­ment should go through.

He said ac­cess routes and sig­nage should be looked at first to get an idea of cost.

‘‘I am still stuck be­tween two horses on this.

‘‘I still be­lieve they can come back with a min­i­mal plan on what they be­lieve the right plan should be.

‘‘We’ve got to be care­ful we make the right de­ci­sion.’’

Bruce Simp­son told coun­cil at the hear­ing that there was no con­crete ev­i­dence to prove the up­grade would make visi­tors spend money.

‘‘We don’t know the breakdown in time of the ve­hi­cles pass­ing Toko­roa. It’s a key crit­i­cal fac­tor to spend five mil­lion.

‘‘If fifty per­cent is pass­ing out­side business hours it’s worth­less to us. If they’re pass­ing eleven o’clock at night, that doesn’t count to ser­vice th­ese busi­nesses.

A to­tal of 153 sub­mis­sions gave feed­back on the fu­ture of Toko­roa’s business hub,leith Pl.

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