Councillors to decide which features from street trial should stay

The next step in Gore’s Streets Alive project will be to decide which features become permanent.

A report tabled by Gore District Council roading asset manager Peter Standring evaluating the three-month project which ended in June was discussed at a council Zoom meeting yesterday.

In the report, Mr Standring said some aspects of the trial were received well by the public.

However, despite evidence showing improvements in speed and safety on the streets, survey data showed people reacted negatively to some of the installations, including planters and courtesy crossings.

Speaking to the report, Mr Standring said certain aspects of the trials remained in the streets because they were waiting to be added to a works programme where they would be made from permanent materials.

A programme of work would be drawn up for councillors to approve.

Residents would be consulted on features including the ones at the Eccles St and State Highway 1 intersection.

There was a possibility the NZ Transport Agency could fund some of the work, he said.

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said the project would continue to evolve and would need public input.

‘‘We just need to make sure we are connected with the whole community.’’

Cr Bronwyn Reid said she would like to see some aspects of the project stay.

‘‘I think they have made such a difference to the traffic flow and safety in the town.’’

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