Slippery tiles big issue in upgrade

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 30/04/2014

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The cost of repairing Timaru's slippery tiles is now under the microscope.

At yesterday's Timaru District Council's district services committee, councillors received a report on plans to refresh the central business district.

However, councillors were concerned most of that money would be spent repairing the town's slippery tiles.

Cr Tracy Tierney said it was one of the most popular topics of conversation among constituents.

"We know the tiles on the main street are often complained about, is that going to be a significant part of the budget?" she asked.

Cr Steve Wills agreed. "It is a safety issue, there are a lot of people getting hurt on wet days by slipping on the tiles," he said.

The councillors asked staff to immediately investigate the potential costs of improving the tiles.

Cr David Jack said after the meeting he would not be surprised if fixing the tiles cost more than $500,000.

"Those tiles have been the bane of Timaru people for nearly 15 years. People were promised non-slip tiles, but so many people have had accidents," he said.

The council has allocated $50,000 toward initial investigations for the whole CBD refresh during the current financial year, and $1 million over the following two years.

Timaru district land transport manager Andrew Dixon said the proposed CBD refresh would canvas a variety of organisations for ideas. Working party meetings were expected to begin in June. He hoped construction would begin late this year.

"There have been a variety of other suggestions already. Some people want more parking spaces, others want security cameras in the less safe parts," Dixon said.

"But slippery tiles are a really popular subject [of concern]."

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- The Timaru Herald

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