Peter Dunne of United Future released today a list of Earthquake prone buildings in Lower Hutt and Petone. Upper Hutt City council as of yet has not released its list.
No doubt all of this relevant given the recent quakes.
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We do appreciate your comments as this issue is important certainly for the future of Petone and the issue around Jackson Streets character buildings.
This weekend sees the AmeriCarna car carnival arrive. AmeriCARna will bring in excess of 400 American cars, along with drivers, passengers, supporters, and enthusiasts for four days. A celebration of the American car by enthusiasts from around New Zealand. The event will see cars in various places this weekend, road closures are here and events schedule here
The video below shows the numbers and types that are visiting the valley this weekend after yesterdays registration. If you get a chance take an opportunity to have a look at these cars at one of the scheduled events.
Just some of the festivities at the Petone Winter Carnival on the foreshore. Attended by many old and young alike and blessed with the joy of a Winters day of sunshine. Thanks to the key sponsors Leisure Active, Hutt City Council and the rest for the effort to put on this event
Circus Training taken advantage of by the young
Unicycles, Hula Hoops and Juggling
48 Metre new mural by artist Daniel Mills depicting “The Legend of Te Whanganui a Tara”
Fun Rides on the Petone foreshore
E Tu (Stand Up) Fire Sculpture Construction for that nights bonfires and fireworks.
There are more photos on my twitter account www.twitter.com//HuttNZ or sidebar following twitter
Cheers to David St George for providing photos from Fireworks and Sculpture display that night, make sure you check out his profile and other photos on his site great work.
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The Hutt City Council has budgeted $50,000 to maintain and enhance the existing 12 cameras trained on the CBD, plus others in Naenae and Stokes Valley.
A further $50,000 is budgeted for 2010/2011 for camera installation in Wainuiomata.
No doubt these cameras will further enhance crime preventation in the District, but Im at a loss as to where the other $50,000 reported in the LTCCP is going.
Further to last weeks list of LTCCP $30,000 is being put up by the Hutt City Council for each of the next three years to help pay for a retail co-ordinator for the central business district. Further to that the item has generated enough interest over Mayor Ogdens comparision to Newmarket Aucklands coordinator to warrant a TV interview on TV3
Mayor David Ogden told councillors at the recent meeting to make final decisions on the Community Plan that he is “very unhappy” with what’s happening in downtown Lower Hutt. There are too many empty shops (24 as at last month) and retailers who remain “could be better supported”.
The $30,000 would “at least” pay for a part-time co-ordinator to try to get some action going.
Cr David Bassett pointed out that Business Hutt Valley is proposing a special rate be levied on CBD businesses from 2010/11 to fund better promotion of High St, Queens Drive and the surrounding area.
But Mr Ogden argued for “something to happen now”. He pointed to Newmarket, Auckland, as an example of a thriving retail destination where businesses pull together under a very energetic co-ordinator (Cameron Brewer).
“He’s on the radio and television all the time.”
Councillors also added $20,000 p.a. to the budget to retain the retail co-ordinator for the Stokes Valley, Naenae and Taita shopping centres.
A mix of carry-over funding and $100,000 of extra spending will be used to finish off the installation of paving, seating and trees throughout the rest of the Stokes Valley (Scott Court) shopping centre. There are also plans for interactive sculptures and the work will complement a proposed donation of an artwork by Guy Ngan.
However, the work in Stokes Valley pushes out a proposed upgrade in Taita shopping centre by a year.
Councillors agreed to this on the basis it made sense to finish off all the work in Stokes Valley instead of continuing to do it piecemeal, and because the proposed extension to Walter Nash stadium, incorporating the community hall, offers potential for a comprehensive look at what’s best for the Taita shops – including potentially re-orienting the opening facades of buildings.
Completing a package of expenditure aimed at boosting economic prospects, the council agreed to lift its funding of Positively Wellington Tourism of $40,000 to $60,000. Mr Ogden said this recognises that PWT is making efforts to direct cruise ship passengers to TheNewDowse, Jackson St and Maori Treasures as well as ongoing work to attract long-haul airline services to Wellington airport.
“I don’t think we can freeload off them,” the mayor said.