Mayor disappointed at survey response


June 10, 2019 - 121 views

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher is disappointed at the low number of responses from businesses to a Waitaki District Council business survey that will help form the council's district plan review.

The recent survey, which garnered seven responses from businesses, asked general questions about what could be done to make the town's central business district more vibrant.

While the council would not release the full results of the survey, citing commercial sensitivity, some of the responses included the need for extended opening hours to cater for growing tourist numbers; loyalty cards for Waitaki residents; e-scooters for tourists to explore the central business district and harbour area and pedestrian-only zones.

Mr Kircher said some of the ideas put forward, specifically extended opening hours and e-scooters for tourists, "would not necessarily be in the district plan review", as they were "more of a bylaw issue".

When asked about the low response rate, he said he expected more businesses would have taken part.

"It's not a great response, but there may be circumstances around that. I think they thing is that we want our CDB to thrive and be vibrant, and to do that we would like to get more information. I expect in due course we will be looking at how we do get more information coming in.

"Councils can only do so much to help and it does require businesses to be proactive themselves and make sure things are working and they're doing their bit."

He said a meeting was being planned by the council with stakeholders and business owners to "share ideas and get a bit more enthusiasm for some action".

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