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Tasman District Council continues to work on the Richmond Central Business District revitalisation project.
Over the last few months a series of workshops have highlighted some of the issues we are facing if the project is to be successful. These issues include: Giving Richmond an image – making it somewhere as opposed to anywhere; improving the gateway experience into Richmond; enhancing the visual quality of the town and the cost.
The project team has gathered considerable amounts of data since September and this has now been analysed and added as layers on the Geographical Information system at Council.
A recent workshop with the urban design consultant, Graeme McIndoe identified eight opportunities for revitalisation. These opportunities were then tested with the Richmond Ward Councillors and the reference group. The reference group was selected on the criteria that they were representative of the business community, either as landowners or retailers as well as the wider community. Several members of this reference group are also members of Richmond Unlimited and include Andrew McGlashen.
The identified opportunities include:
Whilst all this is happening, you may notice that there are some cosmetic changes occurring on Queen Street. Over the next few weeks, the old rubbish bins and seats will be replaced with an upgraded style which will create a more consistent theme with respect to street furniture in the central business area.
If you have any comments, please contact Sarah Downs - Project Manager, Tasman District Council