One carpark per vendor rule threatens trader

By John Cousins

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A Tauranga mobile shop trader says he will be forced out of business if the council does not revisit new rules restricting where he can trade in sports ground carparks.

Jackson Maynard, owner of Billys food and beverage trailer, said the rule restricting each trader to one carpark would make it impossible for most to comply. His comments come after city councillors approved the new rule on Tuesday.

Ninety per cent had side-opening shops that required them to occupy two carparks - one for the mobile shop and one for the customers.

Mr Maynard, whose trailer had an $80,000 replacement value, said the thrust of the council's new policy was based around carparks whereas his concerns were also about the health and safety of customers.

He usually straddled two carparks at Blake Park, allowing the trailer's customer counter to open up on to the grass and his tow vehicle to straddle the inward side of the two carparks.

Mr Maynard feared that in trying to squeeze mobile shops on to one carpark, customers would be at risk of being hit by a car as they emerged from the side of the trailer into the main thoroughfare of the carpark.

In any event, he would still take up two carparks because his tow vehicle needed to be parked elsewhere - it's just that the parks would not be side-by-side.

"The one carpark per vendor rule creates major issues for most of us. You have just shut my business down."

Mr Maynard said he could live with the rule that regulated the number of vendors per reserve carpark. But having one carpark per trader effectively ruled everyone except the type of operator who traded from the back of a van.

Seven vendors traded on Blake Park's main netball carpark last winter whereas the council this week agreed to restrict it to two.

Cr Wayne Moultrie told the Bay of Plenty Times he was not aware of the issues Mr Maynard raised when they voted on the new policy and he suspected other councillors were also unaware.

If the misunderstanding extended to staff who drafted the rules, then it might to appropriate to change the policy. He advised Mr Maynard to talk to staff to ensure they were aware of his position.

Cr Bill Grainger was prepared to review the decision if Mr Maynard's case was supported by most vendors and they put their views to the mayor.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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