Roy Gray and Bruce Maxfield (left) of The Sands Fish and Chip shop, are joined by other Tahunanui retailers Eunice Creswell of Vocational Insight, Ange Bird of Evolve Wellbeing Hub and Shane Anderson of Raglan Roast, who would like Nelson City Council to let them be part of the hanging basket programme. Photo: Kate Russell.

‘We want hanging baskets too’


A group of Tahunanui shop owners are calling on Nelson City Council to start including outlying suburbs in its hanging basket programme.

Earlier this month Nelson Weekly reported that local retailers wanted more stores in the CBD to get on board the programme.

But others think it shouldn’t be restricted to just the city centre.

Bruce Maxfield and Roy Gray, owners of The Sands Fish and Chip shop in Tahunanui, read the article and thought they’d like the strip of eight shops on the Rocks Road/Bisley Avenue intersection to join in too.

“After reading the article I asked everybody along here what they thought of the idea of having hanging baskets and they all agreed it would look great, and would be happy to pay the fee,” Bruce says.

After phoning the council, Bruce received an email back saying he would need to “forward a request in writing”.

He says he feels frustrated with their response.

“I feel that council put all their energy into the CBD and forget outlying areas.”

“Why one part of town and not the other?”

Roy adds that they have “done their bit” by spending around $3.5k beautifying the outside of their shop.

He says the area in question is on council land, not state highway.

Nelson City Council communications manager Paul Shattock told Nelson Weekly that “their focus at the moment is on enhancing the hanging basket display in the CBD, but other areas may be considered for future seasons”.

The council also says the area they count as the CBD in terms of baskets is between Collingwood Street and Rutherford Street, Selwyn Place and Halifax Street.

Last summer, 75 businesses in the CBD took part in the hanging basket programme, which is now in its 17th year and costs council about $80,000 per year.