Positive news for Newlands shoppers

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 09:09 28/06/2012
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An artist's impression of upgrade work on Newlands town centre. The work has been planned for several years.

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Newlands residents will soon have a new- look shopping centre with an upgrade planned over the coming months.

The New World supermarket development is well under way and work is about to start on the adjacent council-owned McMillan Court car park and mall area.

The $1 million makeover should improve the look and feel of the area and revitalise the outdated shopping centre.

It is expected to take about five months.

The work is part of the Newlands centre plan that was developed over several years after consultation from the community.

The aim is to provide better quality public spaces and amenities and is part of the long- term vision for Newlands.

Local retail worker Samantha Densdon said people were generally "really positive" about the proposed upgrade.

People were looking forward to the new supermarket, she said.

The new-look car park will have a courtyard area next to the supermarket entrance, more trees and native plants, better lighting, new seats, bike racks and public toilets. There will be terraced gardens at the Bracken Rd entry.

The mall improvements, which will happen once the car park is well under way, will include new lights, paving and landscaping.

Iona Pannett, Wellington City Council's built environment spokeswoman, said there would be some noise and inconvenience while the developments took place. She said the council would liaise with contractors to minimise the disruption.

"We hope residents and business operators will see the benefits and bear with us over the next few months while we get the work done," she said.

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