Our town centres are important to our economic and social wellbeing. When their tills are ringing, they lift us all with jobs, visitors and more spending. The flip side is empty shops and for lease signs.
Our residents have told us they want a central city that has more green spaces, arts, culture and welcomes families, where they want to visit and hang out. We bought the old Metro Plaza building with that in mind so we can continue to open up the Huatoki Stream area as a green heart. We’re also working on bringing more life onto Devon Street East after securing government funding for a planned new outdoor zone east near the Joe’s Garage corner.
Our smaller centres are vital to keeping our rural heartland pumping. Over the last year our community boards have been seeking feedback on what residents would like to see. This includes sprucing up Waitara’s main street with building upgrades and street design to attract new shops, protecting heritage buildings and doing up the railway station area in Inglewood, and preserving the village feel of Urenui.
Our town centres and central city are critical. We want to know how you think about them and how we can help make them even more vibrant.
Survey closed 12 October.