Work progressing on town centre revitalisation


Plans to rejuvenate the Ashburton Central Business District are well underway, with potential options for each street to be discussed by the Ashburton District Council's Town Centre Working Group next week.

The group will be tasked with developing recommendations around parking and streetscape designs aimed at revitalising the CBD and attracting more business into the commercial centre.

Chairperson of the Working Group, Councillor Diane Rawlinson says a great deal of work has been carried out on the condition of the CBD and the findings will need to be carefully considered to ensure the most effective path forward.

"Our goal is to reinforce the importance and stature of the town centre. We want to assist in the efforts for greater retail spend and the attraction of businesses back into the business district. This is about supporting economic growth in our town, and developing a space that people want to visit and enjoy.

"To achieve that, we need to ensure we have a defined and well thought out strategy in place, and our work thus far has helped to structure that approach. We've engaged a transportation consultant to review the streets of the CBD and develop concept designs as part of a streetscape renewal project. We have also carried out a parking survey as part of our wider parking strategy review."

The Working Group will present its recommendations to Council on 5 April and public consultation will begin later that month where the community will be asked to submit their feedback.

The Council has allocated funding for the streetscapes renewal project, including the development of landscape and urban design concepts. ​

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