Chamber Advocacy - Octagon Closures 2020
By Nicky Aldridge-Masters | Posted: Sunday December 1, 2019
Retailers and Hospitality have voiced strong opinions in response to the announcement that the Dunedin City Council is planning a full closure of the Octagon on a number of key dates in early 2020. The Chamber has been advocating on behalf of businesses affected by the announcement.
The Dunedin City Council is planning trial closures of the Octagon, including a full closure from January 27 to February 16 2020, and partial closures from February 17 to March 23 2020. Business owners around the Octagon have raised a number of concerns about the possible impact the full closures will have on their business.
The full closure of the Octagon includes Princes Street, with cruise ship buses being redirected to the area outside Toitu to drop off and pick up cruise ship passengers.
The Chamber has been working closely with businesses to identify the issues and with the City Council to find a possible way forward. Issues raised by businesses include:
- challenges with getting stock loaded/unloaded;
- loss of tourist custom due to cruise ship buses being redirected to Toitu;
- loss of general custom due to accessibility issues;
- potential health & safety issues with cruise ship patrons disembarking outside Toitu on State Highway 1;
- reputational risk, with cruise companies an essential provider of visitors.
We are working closely with the council to review and negotiate a solution that will benefit both the general public and businesses in the Octagon area.