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Morgan Street clinic approved

Thursday, 30th June, 2011

City Council last night voted to allow a health clinic to be established in a residential street.

All of the residents in the block in Morgan Street, between Oxide and Chloride, had fought for months to stop the clinic from going ahead.

They argued that having a business operate in a quiet, residential area would disturb the neighbourhood by attracting more people and traffic, creating noise and taking away car parking spaces.

The clinic will house a podiatrist, a dietician, a diabetes advisor and an audiologist.

Council at its monthly meeting last night approved the development application although councillors added the condition that a quarterly report be made to Council to make sure that it was operating under the conditions set.

Councillor Dave Gallagher and Bob Algate voted against granting approval, with Clr Algate saying that a business had no place in a residential street.

He said there was an “abundance” of commercial premises available in the city centre and that it was “fundamentally wrong” to put a business in a residential area where people paid high rates for the amenity.

“This (development) was opposed by the entire block, not one or two people,” he said.

There was also no public transport to the street, he said, and the question of access for the disabled had not been resolved.

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