Continuation of a much needed hospitality Business

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Sadly we’ve made a family decision to stop trading as Dark Star Café and bar in March 2019. This petition seeks your support to demand that the Christchurch City Council allow the café building lease to remain in place, until such time as new services are built on the Godley House site, so that new owners can continue to serve the community, visitors & tourist after we finish.

The February 2011 earthquake destroyed Godley House, and the café and bar building was built to provide a temporary business for the Godley House tenants who operated a restaurant, function centre, accommodation and take-away services. This also ensured that the community, and the large number of seasonal visitors, retained a number of food service alternatives to choose from until such time as a replacement venue was built on the Godley House site. Despite the considerable efforts of the local community and the Community Association, there are no immediate Council plans for any new building, and our community still suffers from a lack of hospitality services to offer locals and visitors.

During the summer season there is insufficient hospitality capacity in Diamond Harbour to cater for all the visitors, and removing the café and bar building will almost certainly detrimentally affect the quality of visitor experience, and also remove a social venue that is highly valued by locals year-round.

While there are still two years remaining on the temporary building lease, the Council proposes to cancel the lease in March and remove the café and bar from our community.

Please help us stop this needless loss and sign our petition.

Many thanks, Donna, Martin & Family