Toko­roa seen as green and not so clean

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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