6 Milton's Makeover
We’re checking back in about main street improvements
After feedback in 2018 we agreed to main street improvements from Mill Street to Abercrombie Street area and a major overhaul of the public toilets at Stewart Reserve.
Since then we’ve been working on the details of the physical work needed to make this happen. Whilst the public toilets are fully funded and will be completed by June 2021, we have found we also need to replace older sewerage pipes and upgrade stormwater pipes. Detailed pricing, including undergrounding powerlines, has come back higher than anticipated and our initial budget won’t cover the area proposed. We promised we would check back in if budgets were insufficient.
How far should we go and how much should we spend on Milton’s main street?
Option 1 Stewart Reserve Area Only
- This option involves spending the existing budget of $2M.
- Upgrade to the greater Stewart Reserve Area.
- Power underground from Eden Street to Ossian Street
- Supports living and working in Clutha and investing in our infrastructure.
- Scaling back of the area of the project will mean staying within the initial 2018 agreed budget.
Option 2 Southern Retail Area
- This option involves spending $1.75M more ($3.75M total).
- Upgrade to the greater Stewart Reserve area (as per Option 1).
- Improvements to footpaths, pedestrian crossings, plantings, signage and undergrounding of powerlines from High Street to the Stewart Reserve area.
- Ornamental wall in Stewart Reserve
- Strongly aligns with our strategic direction to promote living and working in Clutha, and our priority to invest in our infrastructure. But, it will have an impact on our focus on keeping rates down.
- Is an improvement on a scale we expect residents and visitors to be enjoying for years to come (an ‘intergenerational’ project).
Option 3 Mill Street to Abercrombie Street
- This option involves spending $3M more ($5M total).
- Extends the improvements north from the Stewart Reserve area to Abercrombie Street by ANZAC Park
- Most strongly aligns with our strategic direction to promote living and working in Clutha, and our priority to invest in our infrastructure. But, as with Option 2, it will have an impact on our focus on keeping rates down.
Funding for this project
Funding for this project involves a combination of roading rates and main street rates. Our rates policy recognizes that there are local community and district-wide benefits if we have vibrant main streets. Refer to our Rating Policies 2021 for full details (PDF. 196KB).
We also hope to secure Waka Kotahi (NZTA) funding for the road and footpath improvements proposed in each option.