In­vest­ment in HIGH QUAL­ITY streetscapes the an­swer

The Tribune (NZ) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

In June the Coun­cil en­dorsed the Palmer­ston North City Cen­tre Streetscape Plan to in­form fu­ture de­ci­sion mak­ing. The Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously al­lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately $10.4 mil­lion in the 10 Year Plan to com­plete a se­ries of streetscape up­grades around The Square and to up­grade the ur­ban bus ter­mi­nal.

The pur­pose of the Streetscape Plan is to in­form these fu­ture streetscape works. The Plan also con­firms The Square as the per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion for the in­ter-re­gional bus ter­mi­nal and Main Street as the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion for the ur­ban bus ter­mi­nal. Coun­cil's City Plan­ning Man­ager, David Mur­phy said the per­cep­tion of Palmer­ston North by lo­cals, vis­i­tors and peo­ple who live else­where is in­flu­enced sig­nif­i­cantly by the over­all vi­brancy of the City cen­tre. “In­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple are com­mut­ing to Palmer­ston North from the re­gion for work and so­cial, recre­ational and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing shop­ping. It is im­por­tant the City cen­tre acts as the heart of the re­gion,” he said. “Pub­lic in­vest­ment in high qual­ity streetscapes is a proven method for en­cour­ag­ing fur­ther pri­vate in­vest­ment in the City cen­tre and pro­vid­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence which makes peo­ple stay longer and spend more money.” David also said peo­ple en­joy spend­ing time in places which are pedes­trian friendly and in­ti­mate and it is im­por­tant the de­sign of pub­lic spa­ces sup­port this be­hav­iour. “It's also im­por­tant the Coun­cil and City cen­tre stake­hold­ers work to­gether to in­crease vis­i­ble pub­lic life in the City cen­tre through more out­door din­ing and events such as the Thurs­day Night Street Feast and Fri­day Night Mar­ket. Ac­tiv­i­ties which bring peo­ple into the City cen­tre have sec­ondary ben­e­fits for all City cen­tre stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing in­creas­ing the 'af­ter 5pm' econ­omy and en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to live in the heart of the City.” The costs are sig­nif­i­cant and will need to be weighed up by the Coun­cil against other pri­or­i­ties over the next decade or more. The ini­tial pri­or­ity is Square East (the Plaza to Main Street), which is sched­uled for an up­grade start­ing in 2017. The Coun­cil is keen to work with City cen­tre stake­hold­ers to bet­ter un­der­stand the re­main­ing pri­or­i­ties and in­ves­ti­gate al­ter­na­tive fund­ing sources. The Coun­cil is also keen to sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of landowner and re­tailer precinct groups to as­sist with re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the City cen­tre.

Square East con­nects Broad­way Ave with Church Street and the Plaza Shop­ping Cen­tre. The pro­posed up­grades in­clude wider foot­paths, seat­ing and so­cial spa­ces and the cen­tral me­dian strip will be re­moved al­low­ing 90 de­gree park­ing to be ac­cessed from ei­ther di­rec­tion.

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