Traders release letter sent to council

UPGRADE: Workers were still busy in Alexander Street on Wednesday after the street was re-opened on Saturday.

UPGRADE: Workers were still busy in Alexander Street on Wednesday after the street was re-opened on Saturday.

Alexander Street business people, fresh from a four-month road closure during city-centre redevelopment, fear the impact of a temporary shutdown for a celebratory street party.

CENTRAL DRAIN: Alexander Street, featuring a central drain, is now open to traffic after a four-month upgrading by Port Pirie Regional Council. Will it close again temporarily for a street party?

CENTRAL DRAIN: Alexander Street, featuring a central drain, is now open to traffic after a four-month upgrading by Port Pirie Regional Council. Will it close again temporarily for a street party?

The party is being considered by Port Pirie Regional Council to mark the completion of the multi-million-dollar upgrading of Alexander and Florence Streets.

A letter from business owners in the two streets was sent to Genevieve Pontikinas, events co-ordinator with the council, on May 10:

This letter is a collective reply from the business owners of Alexander Street and Florence Street in response to the survey form asking for feedback from stakeholders regarding the planned central business district street party.

While individually there is some variation of opinions, it should be noted that the following points are the expressed views of all business owners in Alexander Street.

It is our understanding that the council intends to hold a street party as part of the public announcement that stage one of the central business district upgrade is finished and re-opened to traffic.

It is also assumed that there will be considerable money spent on this promotion and retailers are keen to ensure that it is used in an efficient manner to promote the area benefitting all businesses.

We ask that you consider the overwhelming opinion of business owners that the street not be closed to traffic to hold a street party, including the driveway of the Central Hotel.

We are all vehemently opposed to outside vendors being brought in, including food vendors and or “pop up” shops/stalls, as this would be detrimental to resident businesses who have all experienced reduced trade to varying degrees for a prolonged time.

Our preferred option with regard to council-funded promotion for the area includes an extensive television and radio campaign so as to include the wider community not only of Port Pirie, but also our large catchment area, during which time business owners would prefer to run their own promotions and special offers individually as they see fit.  There was also a unanimous request for MAV Media and the Southern Cross Television production team to be consulted with regard to the television advertisement.

- Alexander Street and Florence Street commercial business owners

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