Rolleston revamp wins over town

GLENN CONWAY
Last updated 10:08 29/11/2013
Rolleston town plan
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MAKEOVER: An artist's impression of a revamped Rolleston, which would include a new library and community and technology centre.

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A proposed makeover of Rolleston's town centre and recreational facilities has received almost universal support.

The Selwyn District Council meets next Wednesday to hear submissions on plans to upgrade the town centre and improving facilities at Foster Recreation Park.

A total of 212 submissions were received with 73 per cent supporting the town centre project and 96 per cent liking what they saw in the Foster Park proposal.

Town centre masterplan project manager Cameron Wood said the population had jumped to more than 9000 and could double.

The council had devoted time to freeing up land for residential development and now needed to improve facilities to cater for families who had settled there and would settle there in the future.

The town centre plan would be gradually introduced over the next 20 years and includes developing Tennyson St as a two-sided "shopping street" and the town's main street.

The plan also also includes a new library, community and technology centre, a new Town Square, enhancing Rolleston Reserve, more landscaping, traffic lights and on-street parking to Rolleston Drive.

Most submitters favoured plans for a new library, community centre and technology centre in Rolleston.

They also wanted improvements made to parking in the town centre and ways to encourage more cafes and restaurants

It also includes developing Foster Recreation Park. Submissions showed people liked the idea of the park being used for a variety of uses including sports, walking, cycling, events and having a childrens' play area.

There was also strong support for sports groups to share spaces and facilities at the park.

The council expects to adopt both plans early next year.

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