Light­ing goes in square makeover

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

$158,000 in­crease, to come from the CBD tar­geted rate.

Auck­land city mayor John Banks says all of the ex­tra cost will be picked up by cen­tral city ratepay­ers, with no cost to the wider com­mu­nity.

If costs couldn’t be cov­ered by the spe­cial rate, there would have been sub­stan­tial changes made.

“We just don’t have a coun­cil that can buy into ad­di­tional costs at this dif­fi­cult time,” says Mr Banks.

But he says the area de­serves a good out­come.

Fur­ther sav­ings of up to $371,000 could be made if the paving pat­tern for the project is re­vised.

This will be con­sid­ered by the Ur­ban De­sign Panel and CBD Board.

Heart of the City chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Swney says he was sur­prised at the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to post­pone the light­ing and re­con­sider the paving pat­tern.

He says it flies in the face of the board and de­sign panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions.

“Qual­ity al­ways pays off in the long run,” he says.

“While we ap­plaud thrifti­ness, it’s of­ten quite short-term.”

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