As we begin entering the final few months of the year, it's safe to say that there are no signs of things slowing down. For many, it's business-as-usual right up until the festive season, and this is certainly true for the Council.
With the triennial local body elections now behind us, our attentions are once again firmly focused on several major projects that are about to start or are already well underway in the Ashburton District.
Work on the $957,535 Rakaia Salmon Site upgrade is continuing on track. Earlier this month, the proposed options for the area were put out for community feedback via a short survey, and we received 106 responses.
We asked residents to have their say on a range of improvements, such as additional playground equipment, new plantings, lighting, seating, the location of the caravan dump station and of course, the new public toilets. Thank you to those who participated in the survey. We have been working through the responses and looking at how those ideas can be incorporated into the upgrades.
The new ten pan toilet facility is expected to be completed by April next year, with playground equipment, seating and landscaping work continuing from there.
Next month, we will begin the $7 million Ashburton River Crossing and Pump Station project. The new and larger wastewater pipe under the river and new pump station going next to the treatment plant outside Tinwald will help to future-proof this vital infrastructure for Ashburton's continued growth, and we're very pleased to begin delivering this upgrade.
The project will start on 4 November and take 14 months to complete, which gives you an indication of the scale of this project.
The Ashburton CBD Revitalisation has reached a bit of a milestone this week, with the first signs of physical work to the streetscape starting on Tuesday. Road markings are being painted around the town centre to indicate where important underground services are located. Once the surveyors have identified these areas, the information will be used to create a detailed work programme for the street upgrades to start in the New Year, which is quite exciting.
As always, these standout projects take place alongside our usual work programmes so there is no shortage of activity around the Council at the moment.
If you'd like more information on any of these projects, please head to our website ashburtondc.govt.nz or sign up to our free e-newsletter at ashburtondc.govt.nz/stayinformed