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Empowered: Bright ideas from residents pour into this little booth.
By DIANE JOYCE
CBD upgrade talks
Telephone surveys, on-site con-
sultation and online social
media are all being used by the
Hastings District Council to find
out what the public wants done
with its central business district
-- but any physical changes are
years away, says Mayor Law-
Just before Christmas, the
council installed its voice box'',
a shipping container converted
into a mobile consultation booth
in The Square, next to the water
Council spokesman Paul
Evans said about 600 people
went through the box in three
days, with about 300 formally
completing an electronic survey.
Part of the attraction of
walking through the voice box
was being able to leave
comments on the whiteboard
and use other interactive
feedback tools,'' he said.
The council had also surveyed
400 residents by phone and had
added the project to its online
consultation forums, its new My
Voice My Choice internet site
Just two people had
commented on the central busi-
ness district on the new Voice
website, one saying the fountain
should go and the east and west
roads reconnected, the other
saying the fountain should stay
as it lent focus and character''.
The Facebook site had been
seemingly more successful in
garnering attention, with 240
registering as liking'' the site,
however most of those listed as
liking it were council-related
Councillor and former Hast-
ings Business Association
chairwoman Sandra Hazlehurst
said the biggest disadvantage to
those running businesses in the
main street was the physical
divide between the east and
west ends, created by the
She would like to see traffic
flow through the area.
Not hard-out traffic, just
slow traffic, so that people can
see what businesses are there.
We'd still keep the cafe culture.''
She believed there was room
for traffic to be diverted around
the fountain, or a road could be
built through it as suggested by
one urban planner.
The Hastings City Business
Association also believed that
traffic should be reintroduced
through The Square.
General manager Jane Janes
said discussions with potential
business owners and developers,
as well as current owners,
clearly showed that the divide
between the east and west ends
of the business district was
Mayor Lawrence Yule said all
options were in the mix'', but he
would take a lot of convincing to
support getting rid of the water
The consultation had been
driven by developers being put
off investing and the business
association, he said.
See myvoicemychoice.co.nz or
Cocktails mark quake
Entertainment in Hastings during
the annual Art Deco Weekend
celebrations in February includes
Shaken not Stirred'', a cocktail
evening at historic Duart House,
in Havelock North.
Organiser Barb Speers said the
art deco-themed event on Febru-
ary 3 is being held nearly two
weeks before the main art deco
celebrations to mark the anniver-
sary of the 1931 earthquake that
led to rebuilding Napier and Hast-
ings in the art deco style.
Also in Hastings will be Cos-
tume Capers and the Black Tie
Ball, both on February 16, a free
event, The Other Side of Deco, on
February 17 and a concert by Will
Martinon February 19. All four of
these events will be held in the
Hawke's Bay Opera House.
For more on art deco
celebrations, see page 16.
Plug on water use
Waimarama residents are keeping
their water use under control, using
about 30 per cent less than last year.
The Hawke's Bay Regional Coun-
cil has threatened to come down
hard on the district council if the
allowable take of 425 cubic metres
from two springs that feed the beach
community is exceeded for more
than seven days.
Water extraction exceeded that
limit for four days from December
26, however water use is down by 30
per cent on average.
Hastings District Council wrote to
residents before Christmas
reminding them of the ban on using
sprinklers, telling them that the
regional council had indicated it
would be taking a hard line, and
asking them to be conservative,
spokesman Paul Evans said.
A ban on sprinklers out there is
not new and we just needed to bring
it to the front of their minds. We told
them the regional council is very,
very serious about enforcement.''
Mr Evans said the wet weather
during New Year had probably
helped keep water use down.
This year's water use was down
about 30 per cent on last year, he
Obviously the weather over New
Year was a factor in that, people
didn't go out fishing so they didn't
need to wash their boats, and they
didn't need to water their gardens.''
More pleasing was that during the
last two weeks of dry weather, water
consumption had stayed down.
The regional council said any sus-
tained breach of water consents is
investigated in the first instance.
There may be a valid reason why
additional water was taken, or
appeared to be taken,'' said spokes-
woman Helen Shea.
Action the regional council could
take included formal warnings,
abatement notices, infringement
notices and prosecution.
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