How to re­vi­talise Ash­bur­ton

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - METHVEN A&P SHOW - COUN­CIL

Po­ten­tial op­tions for each street in Ash­bur­ton’s CBD will be dis­cussed by the Ash­bur­ton District Coun­cil’s town cen­tre work­ing group this week as the bid to re­ju­ve­nate the town’s cen­tre con­tin­ues.

The group was tasked with de­vel­op­ing rec­om­men­da­tions around park­ing and streetscape de­signs aimed at revitalising the CBD and at­tract­ing more busi­ness into the com­mer­cial cen­tre.

Work­ing group chair, coun­cil­lor Diane Rawl­in­son, said a great deal of work had been car­ried out on the con­di­tion of the CBD and the find­ings would need to be care­fully con­sid­ered to en­sure the most ef­fec­tive path for­ward.

‘‘This is about sup­port­ing eco­nomic growth in our town, and de­vel­op­ing a space that peo­ple want to visit and en­joy.

‘‘We’ve en­gaged a trans­porta­tion con­sul­tant to re­view the streets of the CBD and de­velop con­cept de­signs as part of a streetscape re­newal project. We have also car­ried out a park­ing sur­vey as part of our wider park­ing strat­egy re­view.’’

The work­ing group would present its rec­om­men­da­tions to coun­cil on April 5 and pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would be­gin later that month.

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