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but the wider Wainuiomata and Hutt Valley communities and we look forward to hearing more about the plans Progressive Enterprises Ltd have for the site.” Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard said he was “over the moon” with the sale, which he believed should have happened “at least a decade ago”. “They are a much more nationwide company and… they’ve taken the time to get to know the community with their eyes wide open. I’m looking forward to seeing their plans,” he said. The previous private owner of the shopping centre was Auckland based. Hutt City Councillor for the Wainuiomata Ward Campbell Barry said it was a “game changer”. “Not only for our town centre but Wainuiomata wide. The flow on effect will have positive effects across the community. The key thing now is we as a council work with Progressive so the whole space between Queen Street and The Strand is utilised,” he said.
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Continued from page 1. Countdown general manager of corporate affairs James Walker said Countdown was proud to be part of the Wainuiomata community. “We wanted to secure the site to ensure a long term future for a Countdown store, our team and our customers.” He said the purchase was still
in its early days and the group would be considering how to redevelop the site in “due course”. The Wainuiomata Shopping Centre has been near empty for years, with major store The Warehouse leaving the site following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in November last year. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wal-
lace said he welcomed the announcement of the purchase. “We have worked for some time with the mall owner to facilitate a positive outcome for this site and the Wainuiomata community and I believe this purchase by Progressive Enterprises Ltd is a great result. “This is an exciting time for not only Wainuiomata Countdown
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Call out for submissions on Easter trading The Hutt City Council is after opinions from members of the community around Easter trading. Council is running a preconsultation on trading on Easter Sunday in Lower Hutt in March, where people who have a particular interest in the issues, such as retailers and church groups, will be contacted and asked to share their views in a survey. A policy could allow shops to trade in the whole of its district or parts of its district on Easter Sunday. It would not be allowed to
permit shops to open for only some purposes, or only permit some types of shops to open. It also could not specify opening times of shops or any other opening conditions. While council is concentrating on contacting key interest groups for feedback, other people who would like to provide their input are also welcome to answer the pre-consultation survey. This pre-consultation discussion with the community follows the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016, allowing territorial local authorities
to adopt a local Easter Sunday Trading Policy. Feedback received will be considered by council in May. They will then decide whether or not to develop a draft policy allowing for trading on Easter Sunday. Should the consultation proceed the draft policy would go out for full public consultation, providing an opportunity for all interested parties and individuals to have their say. Depending on the number of submissions received from this public consultation, and the number of people who elect to
speak before council on their submission, council could decide whether or not to approve an Easter Sunday Trading Policy in October 2017. The pre-consultation survey opened on Wednesday, March 1 and closes on Monday, April 3. The survey is available online at www.submissions.huttcity. govt.nz/Consult24OLS/ or from the Hutt City Council building on Laing’s Road. Do you think Easter Sunday Trading should be allowed? Let us know at news@wsn. co.nz.
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