WORLD NEWS: Hamilton New Zealand
A bid by Frankton’s biggest retailer, Forlongs, to get better access for customers by moving the local markets has backfired with a council decision to open the road while stallholders trade on footpaths.
The Hamilton City Council yesterday settled the dispute by agreeing to trial a shared-space concept, whereby cars will travel down Commerce St while the markets run on the footpath and into the parallel carparks but pedestrians have right of way.
The shared space comes into affect from Saturday, March 3.
There is a limit to the number of days roads can be closed each year. The council allowed closures because they were for half days but this was challenged by Forlongs.
The council has decided to turn Commerce St – between High St and Lake Rd – into a shared space on Saturday mornings.
Councillors will revisit the move next month after staff investigate whether it is viable long term.
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