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Over the week­end I heard from Roy Cox, who in the mid-1990s did a top job run­ning the Jack­son St Pro­gramme. He con­tacted me to com­ment on our story about con­ges­tion on Jack­son St. He made the point that in the mid-1990s, the street’s re­tail­ers faced an un­cer­tain fu­ture and could only dream of con­ges­tion.

What he was point­ing to was that Pe­tone, and Jack­son St in par­tic­u­lar, is the vic­tim of its own suc­cess.

It is is now a des­ti­na­tion for Welling­to­ni­ans drawn by cafes and big box re­tail­ers. It is easy to blame the coun­cil for the con­ges­tion but in fair­ness, it spent 20 years build­ing up the area and en­cour­ag­ing growth. Peo­ple wanted to see a vi­brant and suc­cess­ful Pe­tone and that is what we now have.

The plan change that al­lowed big box re­tail­ers in had plenty of pub­lic sup­port.

So what can the coun­cil do? In the short term it needs to ban trucks from Jack­son St and look at sig­nif­i­cantly im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port.

Find­ing a long-term so­lu­tion will not be easy but at the very least they need to look at what can be done to im­prove traf­fic around the Kmart in­ter­sec­tion.

— Ni­cholas Boy­ack, se­nior re­porter.

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