Square 'for people, not buses'

Last updated 15:17 08/05/2014

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Palmerston North's Square is for people, not commerce, former city councillor Bruce Wilson has told a draft annual plan submissions hearing.

Wilson, who has stridently opposed allowing regional buses in The Square, returned to the Palmerston North City Council table as a submitter this morning to repeat his message.

He said he understood it was expedient to allow InterCity buses to park in The Square while a permanent solution for a bus terminal was found.

The bus company moved out of its ageing Pitt St premises at the beginning of May.

"Buses should not have been let inside the ring road around The Square," he said.

"I hope you regret it as much as I do, and get them them out as fast as possible."

Wilson said he would like to see cars out of The Square as well, as there was plenty of other parking available.

He said the only business that should be allowed in The Square were the small, temporary food and beverage outlets that provided a service for people wanting to enjoy the green space in the centre of the city.

The hearings began yesterday and will conclude tomorrow.

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- Manawatu Standard

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