Paiherea, kahore e whati
The whakatauki that guides this project, “Paiherea, kahore e whati”, meaning: when the reeds of the toetoe are bundled together they will never be broken, separated they break easily (Te Awaitaia 1860).
Places for People engagement shows passion for the future of Raglan
October 22, 2020
The Places for People, He Whenua He Tangata project team is celebrating the high level of engagement in the community that the recent submission process attracted.
Drop-in sessions held over the previous months were attended by many locals, providing a variety of opinions on the community-led project. A very successful workshop was also held with students of Raglan Area School, where the voice of our youth was heard loud and clear.
Overall a total of 295 submissions were received. For the proposed changes in front of Orca at the Bow Street / Wallis Street intersection area ( Pūtoetoe Place ) there was 58% in support and 33% were against the plan and 9% in part. As far as the proposed parklet on Bow Street is concerned, 61% were in support, 28% were against and 11% in part support.
As many in the community will know, this project has sparked vigorous debate within our town and the next steps of the project will be determined, much more than simply by the numbers. The project team are now analysing the large number of comments received by the community that go hand in hand with the submissions.
One purpose of the project is creating places downtown for people to gather and enjoy what the town has to offer. There was a lot of support for the creation of a space in central Raglan that is pedestrian-friendly and attractive to simply hang out for a while. However one of the main areas of concern is parking in the downtown area of Raglan and the potential impact the project would have on parking and businesses in the area.
With this in mind the project team are acutely aware of the intent to bring people together, so progress on the Pūtoetoe place area will go on hold while further discussions continue with the businesses in that area. A finalised design for the proposed Bow Street parklet as presented in the drop in sessions will be coming out soon, and there are ongoing discussions about a location for a second parklet in town.
Another purpose of the project is to improve the safety, confidence and attractiveness of other modes of transport like walking, cycling and access for mobility scooters. There will also be improvements to road crossings making the downtown safer and more pedestrian friendly.
How the overall project continues to evolve will become clear over the coming months, there is a lot of analysis by the project team and further discussion with the businesses and community that needs to take place.
Project Manager Dennis Amoore from the Raglan Community Board says “We’d just like to say a huge thank-you to the people of Raglan for getting involved. Submissions both for and against showed a lot of passion and care for our town and community, though there were very different ideas about what it should and shouldn't strive to be.”
“We believe it's in processes like these - where everyone's ideas and concerns and values are respected - that we can make decisions together as a community.”
Look out for another update in a couple of weeks. You can visit the Raglan Community Board website www.raglancommunityboard.co.nz for more information about parklets and the project plus contact details for the team should you have any queries.