Tokoroa seen as green and not so clean
Tokoroa’s Andrew Andersen is angry but it’s not red he’s seeing, it’s green.
Green slime and grime on many of the South Waikato town’s commercial buildings that is.
Andersen said it was high time business and commercial property owners were held to account by way of a council bylaw.
‘‘As you travel through Tokoroa it’s hard to miss the lack of maintenance by our business and commercial property owners,’’ he said.
‘‘A bylaw would put the onus of making Tokoroa beautiful on their shoulders. This would include repainting the outside of their properties, cleaning buildings, updating signage, using paint to cover graffiti that matches the colour beneath the graffiti, and if a business vacates a building they should paint it back to the base colour as part of their tenancy agreement.’’
‘‘Our town looks tired. Fresh paint will bring a sparkle to the town and new signage will make it more appealing to shoppers and travellers alike,’’ he said.
He said people are put off Tokoroa because run-down buildings are the first thing they see.
‘‘At the southern entrance there are several buildings that are badly maintained. [There is at least one] which is as green as the trees around it and directly across the road [another] which seems to not of had attention to its signs or paint since the early 80s,’’ he said.
‘‘At the northern entrance if you look hard enough you will see the Tokoroa sign but it is usually covered in overgrowth and down the road is the old RSA which is covered in moss. It’s a terrible representation of Tokoroa.’’
‘‘The whole of the Tokoroa business district looks like this. There are green signposts, the isite needs cleaning and paint, seats need paint, public toilets need touching up, and almost every business on the second floor needs cleaning, if not painting, and signs are faded,’’ he said.
Andersen said he felt for the businesses that put effort into looking after their buildings.
South Waikato District Council mayor Jenny Shattock said the council recognised Andersen’s concerns and was working to address them.
‘‘At the moment we are about to embark on the Leith Place development and that will address quite a number of the issues but [he’s] so right about getting the business and property owners to take some responsibility so watch this space,’’ she said.