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10 Aug 2018

Upper Trafalgar Street will open for pedestrians again for summer

Council has agreed to again open the top end of Trafalgar Street to pedestrians for the summer, between Selwyn Place and Hardy Street.

In response to overwhelmingly positive public feedback, this pedestrian zone will also be in place for longer. It will close to vehicles from 8 November 2018 and reopen on 30 April 2019.

Mayor Reese says “We consulted with the community following the trial closure last summer and our residents told us they felt the closure brought life and vibrancy to the area by creating a place to gather, dine and socialise. It created a fun, family atmosphere in the central city, which proved a great drawcard to bring locals and visitors alike to the city.”

Harry Morrison from Harry’s Bar spoke in support of the closure at the public forum and said, “Last year it instantly created a place to congregate and it really felt like a community. The other change was that it was busy and active all day long.”

Mayor Reese says “With such positive feedback, we are happy to continue the temporary closure for the summer but we also are also committed to a much wider, longer-term approach to spreading that vibrancy around the city centre."

Council has identified CBD Development as one of its four priorities in the Long Term Plan 2018 -28. The City Development Team is currently working on a City Centre Programme Plan for focus areas within the city centre. After recent meetings with retailers and property owners, priority actions will be implemented.

Most of the estimated cost of the temporary closure and street improvements will be offset by “licence to occupy” fees from the businesses who will use the extra space over the summer.  The remaining costs will be funded from the CBD Enhancement Budget.