Hundreds check out inner-city plans

23:29, Jun 15 2014
Trevor Morton
OPTIONS: Trevor Morton looks at paving options for the CBD during the council’s consultation in the Cambridge Place Arcade.

The inner-city upgrade is one step further ahead after a week of consultation on the refined plans for Esk St.

The controversial multimillion-dollar upgrade has picked up pace this year, with the council opting to upgrade Esk St by the end of the year.

Last week, more than 400 people scrutinised the designs for the street, giving feedback on the designs by Pocock Design: Environment.

The city council opened a shop in the Cambridge Place Arcade to display the plans and hear the public's thoughts.

The shop closed on Saturday after more than four days of public scrutiny and council staff and volunteers talking people through the concepts.

Invercargill City Council roading manager Russell Pearson said he was pleased with how the consultation went and so many people went through, the council opened the shop again on Saturday morning, which wasn't scheduled to happen.

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Pearson estimated the council had received more than 400 feedback forms from people who had visited the shop.

The displays included benches and plantings that were possible features for the rejuvenated Esk St.

Inner-city upgrade committee member and H & J Smith chief executive John Green manned the shop for several stints.

The feedback had been positive and it was a good opportunity to clear up some people's misunderstandings, he said.

Green said some people had said the money should be spent on other things but most people saw the need to revitalise the inner city and make it more user friendly.

"It's about investing in people rather than buildings."

This will be the last week the public can give feedback to the council on the proposal, before designer Craig Pocock collates it and returns to council next month with his finalised plans.

WHERE TO FROM HERE

July 3: Final concepts are presented.

July 8: Discussion over the concepts at the council meeting.

August: Project goes out for tender.

September 23: Tenders are considered by council and one is chosen.

October: Construction begins. 

The Southland Times