THANKS FROM ZILCH
I would like to extend my profound gratitude to your readers who kindly donated to the refurbishment of our new facility in Featherston St.
The build would not have been possible without Bob Isles of Isles Construction who managed the project and everyone from various trades and businesses who gave their time and products freely – thank you.
Our vision is to live in a community where no-one goes hungry. In our first four years, Just Zilch provided more than 674,000 food items to more than 116,000 people and over 200,000 food items were given to fellow charities.
Last year an average of 126 people per day sought support at Just Zilch; that’s since grown to 151 people per day.
Our mission is to rescue surplus food and give it those in need. More than 30 local food businesses have removed nearly one million food items from the waste stream since we began. It is only through their support that we can help others.
I also want to acknowledge Gull NZ Ltd who generously provided our previous building and power – thank you.
We can truly say our free store is a community-built free store. Merry Christmas everyone.
Rebecca Culver General Manager
BROADWAY’S DECLINE NO SURPRISE
It’s no surprise that pedestrian traffic is declining on Broadway, and judging from the number of ‘For Lease’ and ‘Business for Sale’ signs, if nothing is done, the end is nigh.
The causes are legion, from the rise of The Plaza with its free parking, the incomprehensible removal of the shade trees, to the lack of any conceivable reason to go there. I recall days when you couldn’t walk down Broadway for the crowds, a time I’m sure the businesses in that sorry street would love to see return.
Desperate situations call for desperate measures. Council needs to immediately allow two hours of free parking on Broadway, strictly enforced, to prevent all-day parking and ensure turnover, at the very least for a six month trial period. At this point there is nothing to lose.Yes, lots of people will take advantage or the two free hours and walk to The Plaza, but they will walk past all the remaining businesses on Broadway and the Square on the way. That said, this is not a long term fix.
Ultimately, people need a reason to go to Broadway. Wellington’s Cuba Street and some of the streets off Courtenay Place may help provide ideas.
Make Broadway into a one-way
I was wondering, after watching a cyclist ride his bicycle through the very busy intersection at Fitzherbert and Ferguson with his cellphone planted firmly to his ear while making a right hand turn, if cyclists are actually governed by the road laws all other road users have to obey?
If cyclists aren’t going to be held to the same laws then perhaps a complete new road system for cyclists only should be built and funded by the wonderful users’ pay system.
AlWinder Palmerston North