No compensation for street's closure

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2014

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Compensation for a local business during the Waimate 50 weekend has been declined by the Waimate District Council.

Video Ezy International (NZ) Ltd sought $1500 in compensation from the council for potential loss of business while Queen St is closed for the Waimate 50 motorsport event over Labour Weekend.

It's not the first time Video Ezy director Kevin Peterson has objected to the street's closure for the event.

"We have objected for the past three years on the grounds that due to the street closures and severely reduced access to our store, our business turnover is severely impacted," Peterson told the council.

"We clearly understand the positive aspects of the event for the community as a whole and for many of the local businesses, but we are the one that is probably affected the most, therefore our objection to the event on those grounds."

Each year Peterson's claims have been declined.

Paterson said the amount sought is "nowhere near" the actual amount he estimated the business will lose.

The council voted unanimously to decline Peterson's claim and recommended that he negotiate compensation with Waimate 50 organisers. People can still access the Queen St store on foot.

The council also confirmed road closures for the event.

Queen St on State Highway 82 will be closed between High and Dash streets between 6am on October 25 and 12pm on October 27.

Ten other streets around Waimate will be closed over the same time period.

In addition, Allanholme Rd, Quambys Rd, Waihaorunga Rd (from Quambys Rd to Armstrong Rd) and Armstrong Rd will be closed between 7am and 5.30pm on October 26. Parkers Bush Rd (from Mill Rd to Centrewood Park Rd) and Centrewood Park Rd will be closed on October 25 between 7am and 5.30pm.

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- The Timaru Herald

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