Wood Street changes open for feedback

Feedback is being sought by Kaipara District Council on the changes being made to the layout and parking in Mangawhai Heads’ main shopping area, Wood Street.

Since early summer, Council has brought in a number of design changes in a bid to create a more people-friendly street, including one-way traffic, reconfigured parking and new public spaces with planters and artworks.

Some of the changes have prompted strong feelings on social media, with a number of locals complaining, for example, that that the painted street art becomes dangerously slippery when wet, with others fearing that feedback would not be listened to or acted upon.

However, Council says it would love to hear directly from as many people as possible about what they think is working and what isn’t.

“We would appreciate constructive feedback on what people think is working and what’s not, so we can make improvements where needed,” a spokesperson said.

“We have already undertaken comprehensive on-site monitoring and evaluation at Wood Street. As well as looking at the way people were using the area, we collected information to compare against baseline data we gathered before the interim design was implemented in December.”

The online survey is open for completion until Tuesday, April 6 or hard copies can be picked up from the Council service centre at The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive.

Once the survey has closed, Council will make the results available and announce the next steps in the revitalisation project.

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/J36VWR9

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