The Timaru Herald - - Opinion -

I may have the chrono­log­i­cal or­der in­cor­rect but I feel the Waimataita­i shop­ping strip on Evans St was Ti­maru’s first sub­ur­ban devel­op­ment of shops fol­lowed by Glen­iti, High­field and North­town.

I guess many re­tail busi­nesses in the Washdyke area could be classed as mini-big box de­vel­op­ments. Back then such de­vel­op­ments were seen as progress and I can’t re­mem­ber any­one ob­ject­ing to such progress.

As a num­ber of cor­re­spon­dents have pointed out, large box devel­op­ment sim­ply can­not be built in Stafford St or any of the side streets be­cause they couldn’t

meet mod­ern park­ing and land­scap­ing re­quire­ments.

Show­grounds-like de­vel­op­ments have hap­pened up and down the coun­try and it is a trend that is likely to con­tinue be­cause of shop­pers’ abil­ity to travel more eas­ily than years ago.

I would sug­gest that the group that are ar­gu­ing against the Show­grounds devel­op­ment are go­ing against mod­ern trends and that the bulk of peo­ple in the dis­trict want to see such a devel­op­ment.

The CBD is not just about Ti­maru. The op­pos­ing group should start think­ing about those shop­pers. The Show­grounds is a nat­u­ral site for peo­ple en­ter­ing Ti­maru from Pleas­ant Point, Te­muka, Geral­dine and other smaller town­ships.

I am not go­ing to name any large box pos­si­ble busi­nesses but I am sure many peo­ple can think of a num­ber that they would like see come to Ti­maru.

All the scare­mon­ger­ing about the square me­tres that the Show­grounds site is in com­par­i­son to the Ti­maru CBD is just that, scare­mon­ger­ing. No busi­ness is go­ing to cover a site with build­ings and a large cen­tral car park area in the hope that lessees will swarm in to oc­cupy them. They will be feel­ing out prospec­tive lessees and take it from there.

G R Woods


We don’t need the Show­grounds

devel­op­ment but the de­vel­op­ers want it and then they will take their money and run.

Sim­i­larly in the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign; we do need to look af­ter peo­ple such as those who have lost jobs etc but the econ­omy is not the most im­por­tant thing.

Gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP), the yard­stick for mea­sur­ing the econ­omy is not a sa­cred cow. It may de­fine wealth but knows noth­ing of health, ed­u­ca­tion, wel­fare, things fun­da­men­tal to the com­mu­nity.

Yet we have politi­cians bay­ing to get the econ­omy up and run­ning again. Have they not regis­tered the hor­ren­dous ef­fect such think­ing has had on Bri­tain and the United States.

Like­wise, we are to vote on the want/need for cannabis which by the lat­est con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate costs the tax­payer $1.7 bil­lion. At least that is bet­ter than the $9.7b al­co­hol harm costs the com­mu­nity. I sug­gest if we ap­ply the needs, not wants, to these two com­modi­ties, it will do a lot more for the econ­omy and the com­mu­nity.

Den­nis Veal


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