It’s all on in the quest to squeeze money out of everything to get his train set built. ¬† Now Len is going to put a huge dent in the hospitality industry.
Cafes and restaurants face higher costs to put tables and chairs outdoors under Auckland Council plans to recover a full rental for use of public space for street trading.
However, some cafe owners say the plan threatens to put a damper on the streetside dining atmosphere.
Their businesses would not be able to afford to put out tables and customers would refuse to pay an “outdoor surcharge”.
In a proposal to the council’s budget committee meeting yesterday, council staff said rent rises of more than $1000 for some street cafes would boost council coffers by about $1.2 million in 2015/16.
Rents on footpath space were brought in by only some of the region’s former councils and now staff wanted a uniform street trading bylaw with consistent licensing fees and a regional rental.
The proposal is that all street traders pay $360 a year for a licence plus a rent based on the commercial value of the space they use.
This means the highest rentals will be in the central city and graduated for popular suburban strips and shopping centres with fewer customers.
Yeah, you wouldn’t expect Len to take fees away, would you? ¬†He’s squeezing the last drop out of everything he can find. ¬† Read more »