No middle ground on median
By Grant Johnston
The front page article in last Tuesday’s Courier about an upgrade of Te Awamutu CBD on the new Council’s agenda has drawn plenty of reaction from readers.
From the moment the paper hit the street, my email has had a steady stream of traffic from locals wanting to give their views on what sort of things they would like to see in the CBD upgrade. What is apparent even at this early stage of the process is that the ‘ideal’ upgrade of our central business area means different things to different people.
Former town clerk Ashley Reid says the median, which he rates the best thing that’s happened to Te Awamutu, has to stay and the cherry trees are now a recognised Te Awamutu trademark (see letters page 2).
Regent Theatre owner, Allan
Webb says the median has to
go (or at least be made much
smaller), along with the cherries
- “okay, so for a few weeks
each year, the pink blossoms
look lovely but they end up in the
shops and someone has to clean
Mr Webb, who has been in
business in the main street for
34 years, says the “biggest step
backwards was the (last) alteration
to the main street. The parking was decreased
which is exactly the reverse of
what we all wanted, despite a
large petition. It was changed
from much safer angle parking
to parallel parking. One doesn’t
have to go far down the street to
Some respondents have said that heavy traffic should be removed from the main street.
Mr Webb agrees and adds that if this can’t be done, traffic calming measures should be installed to at least slow traffic down.
“The theatre has mini earthquake many times a day, especially when the tankers drive past. It is accentuated when there is little traffic about such as a Sunday morning when we can get six ‘earthquakes’ in 30 minutes.”
If you want to add to the debate, the opportunity is ongoing — use the Courier contact form or by letter to PO Box 1, Te Awamutu).