Family Focus for Reserve

Published: 14-Aug-2019

The Woodend-Sefton Community Board had a busy meeting on Monday night where they considered a reserve master plan and funding applications, before jumping into workshops on speed limits, SH1 safety improvements and future landscaping projects.

After some minor layout changes as a result of the public consultations, the Board approved the Hurunui Reserve Master Plan. This is a small neighbourhood reserve in the north-western part of Pegasus. The design will include a small football goal so that families can meet, play and kick a ball around. It will also have a picnic area, shade trees and a nature play area where young children can explore.

Board Chair Shona Powell says, “We had great feedback from the public about the reserve plan and it’s good to see those changes reflected in the design. The Board are hopeful to secure funding for the next stage of the wider development of the area in the future.”

The Board were delighted to receive four funding applications to its Discretionary Grants Fund from a wide range of community groups. Three were approved and the Board are seeking more information on a fourth that will come to next month’s meeting. They supported:

  • A grant of $485 to the Woodend Play Centre to purchase a new vacuum cleaner to help with clean up from the sandpit, as well as three vices for their carpentry table enhancing the children’s learning environment
  • Funding of $500 to the Pegasus Bay School PTA to help with local advertising of the Pegasus Bay Art show
  • Further support of $230 for advertising to the Reflections Community Trust for the Waimakariri Light Party.

Road safety and speed limits was next on the agenda with the Board getting together to workshop their feedback on the current consultations. These included the Council’s consultation on proposed speed reductions on a variety of roads connecting to SH1, and NZTA consultations on safety improvements and speed limits on the highway.

The NZTA consultation closes on Friday 6 September, and Council’s closes on Monday 9 September. The Board encourages everybody to have their say on these important consultations as they affect the roads we drive, walk and cycle along every day.

Another workshop was held with Greenspace to look at possible options for the Board’s landscaping budget moving forward. This is always an interesting discussion and after looking at photos from some of the projects approved over the last few years the Board came up with some ideas that staff will explore further.

The next Board meeting will be held on Monday 9 September at the Woodend Community Centre starting at 7pm and the public are very welcome to attend.