1034 oppose plans to alter streets in CBD

20:47, Aug 25 2013

Neil Thomas is not happy about the proposed street changes in the CBD upgrade plan, and he has the support of more than 1000 people.

The inner-city Lollie Shop owner started a petition two weeks ago against plans to make Tay and Dee streets one lane each way, and has 1034 signatures.

"I had no idea what I would get, 1000 I am pretty happy with in that short space of time."

The petition, which was in some inner-city shops and agencies such as Grey Power and Age Concern, received a "huge" response and people felt passionate about the issue, he said.

"I didn't go out and ask for signatures, people came to us. If I had stood there on the street with a clipboard I would have got a lot more."

While he was not against the upgrade, he said the changes to the streets would be detrimental to the inner city and he hoped city councillors would take that on board when making their decision.

He took the petition to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt this week, ahead of the meeting on Tuesday, and Mr Shadbolt had been very responsive. "I got a very good response from Tim. He said that is how democracy works."

Mr Shadbolt did not return calls.

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