Have a say on fu­ture of town work

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

The Strat­ford A&P Show will pro­vide a fo­rum for the peo­ple of Strat­ford to have a say on how the coun­cil’s pro­posed bike park will look.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Sven Hanne gave elected mem­bers a progress re­port on long-term plan projects dur­ing coun­cil’s re­cent pol­icy and ser­vices meet­ing,

Some of the projects set out in the plan in­clude a new or up­graded swim­ming pool, bike park, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Pros­pero Place, de­vel­op­ment of a dis­cov­ery trail, a waste­water treat­ment up­grade and a coun­cil sub­di­vi­sion.

$15 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to a new or re­fur­bished pool in the Long Term Plan and Mr Hanne says the pool man­ager is work­ing on this project, gath­er­ing ex­am­ples from other coun­cils. Con­struc­tion of the pool is due to oc­cur in year three of the long-term plan

(2020-21).

Some of the other long-term plan projects will be partly funded through grants, and coun­cil was re­cently suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing a $197,000 TET Com­mu­nity Trust grant. Mr Hanne says this money will be put to­wards a pro­posed bas­ket­ball court, pro­mo­tional flags, the dis­cov­ery trail and bike park.

He says stage one of the bike park is now funded, with $22,000 of the TET Com­mu­nity Grant go­ing to­wards its de­sign. The pub­lic can en­ter a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion for the bike park at the coun­cil’s tent which will be set up at the Strat­ford A&P Show later this month. A work­ing group to re­view de­sign com­pe­ti­tion en­tries will then be es­tab­lished, be­fore fund­ing is sought to pay the con­struc­tion cost of the project.

The pro­posed dis­cov­ery trail is also un­der way and will be a walk­way that takes in points through­out the Strat­ford town­ship. Around $50,000 of the TET grant will be put to­wards its de­vel­op­ment. Mr Hanne says the trail’s route has been con­firmed and some paths have been up­graded in as­so­ci­a­tion with foot­path im­prove­ments. As­so­ci­ated foot­path up­grades are be­ing worked on, in­clud­ing the up­grade of foot­path from Mal­one’s Statue to Juliet Street, which will in­cor­po­rate a cross­ing.

De­sign of a new kerb line by Mal­one’s Gates is also ready for con­struc­tion, while de­sign work for the cross­ing point by the gates to Vic­to­ria Park on Fen­ton Street is also un­der way.

The chal­leng­ing part of the project is the art­work and “iden­tity” of the trail, he said. Draft de­signs for con­crete sten­cil work have been re­ceived and re­viewed.

“Get­ting the art com­po­nent right will make or break the suc­cess of the dis­cov­ery trail. If we get it right, it’s go­ing to be a real as­set for Strat­ford.”

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