Could this be the new look Rolleston? The council wants you to have your say

Redevelopment designs released

by Mike Isle

The Rolleston town centre redevelopment has reached a major milestone with detailed designs for the streets and pedestrian spaces now available for the community to view.

The council wants feedback from the public on the proposed design and layout, which are now on the council’s website along with an online submission form.

Key features include Te Ara Atea Library and Community Centre and associated roading projects, which are expected to be completed by November 2020; a main promenade between the Tennyson Street entrance and the Wordsworth Street extension, to be completed in early 2021; and the addition of several new loading areas and car parks in the town centre.

The council said roads around Te Ara Atea and the adjacent civic and commercial spaces would be predominantly low-speed, attractively landscaped, cycle and pedestrian-friendly, and with provision for both on and off-street car parking.

A master plan for Rolleston town centre was adopted by the council in 2014 after extensive community consultation. Key elements of the plan have also been confirmed through Long Term Plans and other consultation. The council said the plan sets out a vision for a town centre, which will be a vibrant and engaging destination for Rolleston and the wider Selwyn district.

Public submissions on the proposed design and plans close at 5pm on Friday, May 24 2019. Preparatory site works and construction are planned to begin from August 2019.