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Council calling on public to dress empty shops

James Regan

Councillor Deon Swiggs is leading a team that will pick a handful of designs and projects to appear in shop windows and stores that are yet to be filled.

Christchurch City Council is calling on local designers, artists and members of the public to come up with new ways to fill empty shops. 

Councillor Deon Swiggs is leading a team that will pick a handful of designs and projects to appear in shop windows and stores that are yet to be filled.

Swiggs is joining with local business groups to help make those empty spaces feel more welcoming and said he is looking forward to seeing the creative and imaginative side of Christchurch. 

"What we want is a lively city and having an empty shop front isn't a good thing for a lively city," Swiggs said. 

"We just want to create some energy... let's spark some imagination. We want to be a city of creativity and imagination and a bit of fun actually."

Designs and ideas can be submitted via the council's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityCouncil/ 

Council plan to get artsy with empty shops