Input Wanted for Innovating Streets in Eltham and Waverley

Eltham and Waverley have been allocated funding from Waka Kotahi (The NZ Transport Agency’s) Innovative Streets Fund and the Council wants to hear your ideas on how to create safer crossing points, slow down traffic and make the towns more welcoming and vibrant.

South Taranaki District Council (STDC) community development manager, Claire Symes, says the aim of the projects are to address issues related to speed, safety and vibrancy which were identified in the Eltham and Waverley Town Masterplans developed last year, by testing potential street treatments and comparing which are the most effective. Both projects will be co-designed in partnership with local communities and businesses.

“There will be displays in the Town’s LibraryPlus centres from 31 August to 11 September and residents can give their ideas there, email them to cdunit@stdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 111 323. Feedback forms will be available on the Council website www.southtaranaki.com Council staff will also be at the LibraryPlus centres in both towns on Wednesday 2 September and Thursday 3 September from 9am – 3pm to talk about the project and will be visiting businesses in the towns,” she says.

“The residents’ ideas will then be collated into a plan by urban architects Bluemarble, who will work closely with the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency safety engineers.”

Mrs Symes says draft plans will be drawn up and presented back to the community in October before being finalised in November. The street treatments will be installed in February/March and monitored to see how they are working so adjustments can be made if required.

The project is 90% funded by the Waka Kotahi Innovating Streets pilot fund with the South Taranaki District Council funding the remaining 10%.

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