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Feedback Sought On Christchurch High Street Upgrade

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Feedback Sought On Christchurch High Street Upgrade

Creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and developing links between Central City precincts are the aims of a Council proposal to upgrade High Street between Cashel and Lichfield streets.

Feedback is now sought on the upgrade proposal and public submissions will be considered before plans are finalised.

Included in the upgrade is the laying of trams tracks as part of the Christchurch tram extension project, included in the Long Term Council Community Plan 2009-19.

The proposal includes:

* a full streetscape renewal, including kerb alignment * improvements in pedestrian access, including wider footpaths that are paved * changing the 90 degree car parking spaces to parallel parks to provide the required safety margins for the tram * engineering measures which will encourage a "slow road", with speeds of around 30km/h * the replacement of some existing trees that are in poor condition with an increased level of new tree plantings * space for existing and new outdoor dining.

Council General Manager City Environment Jane Parfitt said the project also aims to support local business and redevelopment opportunities, provide cycle parking and access to the Central City and the consideration of future crime prevention requirements.

"This section of High Street connects City Mall and the Central City's north with the retail stretch of High Street and the busy hospitality areas of Poplar Street and SOL Square in the Central City South. The proposed improvements will create a more attractive streetscape and make it easier and more pleasant for people to use the area."

The tender for construction is planned to be let as part of the tram extension construction tender early next year.

Consultation on the proposed upgrade starts today (Monday 12 October) and submissions close at 5pm on Monday 2 November. Information on the plan and submission forms are available online at www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay or from Council service centres and libraries.

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