Sim­ple sign shows the way


Mo­torists head­ing for Whitby on the Trans­mis­sion Gully Mo­tor­way of­framp will be wel­comed by a mod­est blue and white sign, af­ter the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion re­jected de­signs for a new-look plac­ard. A pub­lic com­pe­ti­tion was held in May and June to de­velop new signs for the in­ter­sec­tions of Joseph Banks Dr and SH58, and Post­gate Dr and SH58, as part of Whitby’s vil­lage plan. The com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted just four en­tries and none were con­sid­ered a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment on what was al­ready in place, Porirua City coun­cil­lor Anita Baker said. ‘‘They didn’t meet all the cri­te­ria. They weren’t that dif­fer­ent to what is there now,’’ she said. Van­dal­ism was also a worry with a cou­ple of the de­signs, be­cause they had de­sign fea­tures at­tached to the main sign. The res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion has de­cided on signs sim­ply say­ing ‘‘Whitby’’, in blue and white, with the vil­lage’s boat logo. It will be in place when Trans­mis­sion Gully is fin­ished in 2021.

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