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Renovation of Alexandra’s library on Tarbert St is causing concern for a local business owner.
Prabh Singh, who owns health food shop Thrive, has noticed business has dropped since scaffolding was installed and car parks were blocked in front of his shop which is next to the library.
Although he stressed the Central Otago District Council had been helpful, including waiving his rent during construction, he was worried that since work began he had experienced a 25% to 30% drop in business.
‘‘Council is really helping us. What they can do they are doing,’’ Mr Singh said.
Council property and facilities manager Mike Kerr said Mr Singh was advised about the construction about three weeks before work began, including the location of scaffolding and car park closures.
‘‘We also advised that this will resolve some leaks in Mr Singh’s shop. As the work plan was developed, we ensured that Mr Singh was updated in person,’’ Mr Kerr said.
The work is scheduled to be completed in about five weeks.
Mr Singh remained open for business, and said parking was available at the back of the shop.
‘‘It is only for four or five weeks more.’’