Sands Fish and Chip shop owners Roy Gray and Bruce Maxfield outside their Tahunanui shop. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

Table fee dropped for takeaway shop

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Owners of a Tahunanui fish and chip shop will go ahead with plans to upgrade their outdoor seating after they say Nelson City Council backed down on its proposed consent fees, an amount that was more than what the business pays in annual rates.
Roy Gray and Bruce Maxfield were visited by a NCC staff member yesterday and told the council would not be pursuing the consent costs of $2240 plus GST it originally sought for them to put two big picnic tables outside their shop. It has handed the matter back to the owners of the road, New Zealand Transport Agency.
Bruce says they could still be forced to pay a fee to NZTA but will wait to hear from them before getting too concerned about what it might possibly be.
“We’re really happy, they’ve backed down completely,” says Bruce.
The Sands Fish and Chip shop is at the end of a row of shops and the space outside its door is only used by their customers. Several months ago they contacted the council about their plans to upgrade the seating and were given two options, one which came with consent costs of $960 plus GST and the other for $2240.
Frustrated, Roy and Bruce contacted the Nelson Weekly and their story was reported earlier this month. They say the article had the desired effect. “The lady from the council said ‘you’ve certainly opened a can of worms’ and I told her that was the idea. Why should we be stung with a bill $200 more than what the rates of the building are just to put a couple of tables out?” says Roy.
Bruce says they will now go ahead with their plans for bigger tables that will fit up to 12 people. “We have some large families, you’ve got mum and dad and half a dozen kids crossing the road to find somewhere to sit, it’s not nice. We’ve got little tables out here but we wanted a bigger one to fit a family and now we can go ahead and do it.”