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The Star: May 25, 2017

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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 25 2017 13 News The Colombo to expand • By Gabrielle Stuart THE COLOMBO shopping centre is set to get more car parking – but the move may come at a cost to small business owners who face losing their shops. Property investor Lilly Cooper, who owns The Colombo, has bought several properties in the block between the Colombo and Brougham St. She plans to demolish some of the buildings to expand the shopping centre car park. Business owners leasing buildings from Ms Cooper told The Star the rent had been hiked, and they were told to either pay the extra or to leave. Heritage Funeral Services director Peter Yearbury said he was told the rent would go up 42 per cent if he chose to stay. But he was hesitant to move, Peter Yearbury because he had spent a large amount of money fitting out the Brougham St building. He did a full renovation when he moved the business there four years ago, after a fire destroyed his premises in Halswell. However, he said Ms Cooper had been reasonable in their meetings, and had tried to help find an alternative. “She even took me to see other places she owns to see if they would be suitable,” he said. Ms Cooper said the rent increases were to cover costs, and were “business as usual.” She said she had offered to extend the leases for existing tenants by two months if they needed more time to find somewhere new. “I am a nice landlady, but it’s the old story with these centres. The Colombo is such a success and it keeps growing, so the biggest need is to give it more car parking.” TIGHT FIT: The Colombo owner Lilly Cooper plans to demolish buildings around the shopping centre to make room for more car parking. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Police say bylaw not workable • By Andrew King considering looking into using the Trespass Act. A BYLAW to prevent loitering “Staff are still in the process of and anti-social behaviour preparing advice and will report around the Riccarton bus back to the Halswell-Hornbylounge may not be workable, Riccarton Community Board,” police say. she said. City council staff have been Senior Constable Carter is a instructed to investigate how community officer in the Riccarton area and has seen the a bylaw would work around the troublesome bus lounge on trouble that can happen at the Riccarton Rd by the Halswell- bus lounge. Hornby-Riccarton Community “It seems to be worse during Board. school holidays where we have Since opening in 2015, the quite a few young people congregating and that leads to trouble,” Riccarton bus lounge has been a hot-spot for trouble-causing he said. youth, which is affecting surrounding businesses. just that pack mentality.” “They are not all bad kids, it is But Senior Constable Ken Carter said the bylaw appears to PROBLEM: The bus lounge in Riccarton Rd. Any new idea, he said, needs to not breach the Bill of Rights. be “non-workable” after discussions with the city council and a onto the street,” he said. it might work. trouble enforcing it,” he said. powers inside the bus lounge out that extended out onto the street “With a bylaw, we would have new tact is required. Currently, police have permission from the city council to policy Helen Beaumont said no police and city council staff will City council head of strategic Senior Constable Carter said “We need to be looking at the provision in the Trespass Act trespass from the bus lounge, but decisions have yet been made in meet in June to discuss the options. to see if we could extend the Senior Constable Carter said if regards to a bylaw, but they are South Korean summit speaking role for Dalziel • By Bridget Rutherford MAYOR LIANNE Dalziel will travel to South Korea to be a guest speaker at a summit looking into thriving cities. Ms Dalziel will be in South Korea from June 4 to 10, and will travel with city council civic and international relations manager Duncan Sandeman. She was invited to speak at the New Cities summit, which runs from June 7 to 9 in Incheon. A city council spokeswoman said the theme of the summit was Thriving Cities: The Building Blocks of Urban Wellbeing. Ms Dalziel (left) would speak on two panels – social infrastructure of healthy cities, and flexible and resilient city services, the spokeswoman said. “The organisers asked the mayor to attend and speak at the summit so she could include Christchurch experiences. “It’s about what we can contribute to this summit and the international understanding of the important issues.” It was also an opportunity to raise Christchurch’s profile, she said. Before the summit, Ms Dalziel would visit Christchurch’s sister city, Songpa-gu, and would also sign a memorandum of understanding with Busan to cooperate on polar issues. 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