Feed­back sought on CBD plans

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - COUN­CIL

The Ash­bur­ton District Coun­cil is to con­sult on a range of ini­tia­tives to re­vi­talise Ash­bur­ton’s CBD.

Among the pro­posed changes are a 30kmh speed limit in the area bound by East, Moore, Cass and Have­lock Streets, gate­way treat­ments at four key en­try lo­ca­tions to the CBD, and the pro­vi­sion of free time re­stricted park­ing on a one-year trial ba­sis.

Group man­ager en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices Jane Don­ald­son said work on the revi­til­i­sa­tion project be­gan last year and had in­volved the coun­cil, a town cen­tre work­ing group, and Ab­ley Trans­porta­tion Con­sul­tants.

‘‘We know that a vi­able and vi­brant town cen­tre is crit­i­cal if the coun­cil is seek­ing to re­in­force the im­por­tance of the CBD, re­claim re­tail spend for our district, and at­tract busi­nesses back to the com­mer­cial cen­tre.’’

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posed changes will start on 21 May, fol­low­ing the end of con­sul­ta­tion on the coun­cil’s Long Term Plan. Prior to that, the coun­cil will con­sult with prop­erty own­ers and their ten­ants in the study area.

The project is pro­posed to be im­ple­mented in stages over about five years.

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