Kingston residents to protest

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Opponents of access to a major subdivision at Kingston will protest this weekend.

The Kingston Subdivision Action Group was formed after Kingston Community Association members learnt Kingston Village Ltd, which is planning a subdivision of 900-plus homes, intends to access it off Kent and Oxford Streets.

Late last year, a petition against that plan raised about 385 signatures – almost the town’s entire population – in just 10 days or so.

Residents, as well as Queenstown councillor Penny Clark, who looks after the township, understood the developer instead planned an access road off State Highway 6.

The subdivision is one of three in the Wakatipu earmarked for $76 million of central government loan funding. Queenstown’s council can borrow the money from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

Community association chairman Athol Elliott last week said they were not against the subdivision itself, but they were against disruption to the community.

The protest will take place in Kingston on State Highway 6 at noon on Saturday.