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What a community can do when it comes together

We've been working in the Otara area for over 20 years so shared the deep disappointment when plans emerged that yet another fast food outfit, a KFC, was going to be built on a prominent corner site in the Otara town centre.  Now those plans have been confirmed as being cancelled, and this may be in part after community action.  This action included a petition organised by resident led community group Thriving Otara which gained nearly 5000 signatures under the banner "Say No Go to Otara KFC".   There was also plenty of other activity by locals including political figures and health providers. 

The point was made that it's hard to choose healthy when all the choices around are unhealthy.  There were already three of the big chain fast food stores in the immediate area, and more within a few minutes in next door suburbs.   In the town centre there are also plenty of smaller bakeries and other shops providing less than healthy food choices.  What was really wanted was a supermarket.   It was a great outcome when in June 2020 it was reported that "KFC drops plans for second outlet in south Auckland suburb" quoting commercial viability as the reason (Newshub).  Job well done to Thriving Otara, everyone who signed the petition and all those who spoke up and got involved!

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/06/kfc-drops-plans-for-second-outlet-in-south-auckland-suburb.html

The successful Change.org petition circulated by Thriving Otara

The successful Change.org petition circulated by Thriving Otara