Foxton street upgrade plan progresses
A final decision on the details of Foxton's main street upgrade has been delayed six weeks, with a warning that if a decision is not made then, it may not be made until next year.
The project has been in the pipeline as far back as 2010, with various iterations of the plan consulted on.
This week the Foxton Community Board was asked to agree on a final version of the plan.
However, board members opted to carry out informal consultation with retailers and members of the community before holding a workshop next month.
They were then to sign off on the plan at their last meeting of the year.
Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton warned board members at their meeting on Monday that any further delays could have consequences.
"If it's not completed by the election it could be another six, eight, 10 months before the new board makes a decision."
Council community assets manager Wally Potts said that when board members walked the street recently, they were in general agreement, except at two sites where gardens were to be removed for car parks.
Mr Potts said he had hoped to reach a consensus on those sites on Monday so the project could be finalised.
Instead, the board followed Anne Hunt's suggestion that there be more consultation.
Rather than asking for submissions, it would be largely up to board members to meet with people and then report back to their colleagues.
Hunt said Foxton residents would want to know what was happening in their town.
"I think it would be preferable for them to have some input before a decision is made."
Among the changes in the main street upgrade are the widening of kerbs at intersections, the removal of one pedestrian crossing and relocation of the other, and new landscaping.
Potts said while there were aesthetic elements to the upgrade, most of the driving facts had been around safety, particularly for pedestrians.
The plans for Foxton's main street have been consulted on several times.
The community board has also been asked by the council to make a decision several times.
Back in 2010 Clapperton, then the council strategic and corporate services manager, warned community board members that if they provided no clear direction, the programme would be "no better off than six months ago".
"The board really has to stand up and make decisions," he said.
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