Below you can find the outcomes of recent consultation with our community.
Parking Strategy for Greymouth CBD
The Greymouth Urban Design Framework (the Framework) for our town centre was adopted by Council in August 2015. The Framework was undertaken to contribute to ensuring “economic growth and wellbeing in the Grey District” by being “a desirable place to live, study, work and invest” and arose from Grey District Community Economic Development Strategy.
The Framework proposed several improvement projects throughout the Greymouth Central Business District (CBD), including streetscape enhancements, a shared street, town square, town entrance gateways and pedestrian links. A robust parking strategy was identified as a key requirement to help ensure the success of the revitalisation of the CBD.
Council commissioned Opus International Consultants to carry out a strategic study of parking provision in the Greymouth CBD. A Draft Parking Strategy was developed and in April 2017 Council asked for public feedback on the proposed strategy.
After hearing and considering submission received, Council adopted the Draft Parking Strategy as consulted on at their meeting on 14 August 2017 with the following amendment:
- Allow a 30-minute time limit for five parks on the southern side to the street along Guinness Street (at the Tainui Street end).
Draft Parking Strategy (PDF, 9MB)
Amendment to Banning of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw
The Kaiata Community Centre would like to manage their property as an alcohol free area and approached Council to ask if Council could include the property under Schedule 3 of the current Banning of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw. Following a period of public consultation in April/May 2017, the proposed amendment was adopted by Council and can be viewed below.
Banning of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw (PDF, 4MB)
It should be noted that Council is not empowered to regulate the use of alcohol inside the Hall under the Bylaw.
Future and ownership of Port cranes
In May 2017, Council consulted with the public on the future and ownership of the Port cranes, which are an often admired visual feature against the Greymouth western skyline.
The Greymouth Heritage Trust (GHT) have previously advised they want to restore and relocate the cranes and have renewed enthusiasm for the project – they are working towards raising the necessary money now.
They suggested Council retain ownership of the cranes into the future, as custodians on behalf of the community, meaning Council also accepts all future maintenance and financial responsibility. Council instead proposed to transfer ownership of the cranes to the GHT to own and maintain the cranes as publicly accessible heritage items into the future and put the matter out for public submissions.
After hearing and considering submissions, Council stated it’s pleased the GHT remains committed to the retention, relocation and restoration of the Port cranes and that the Trust will do their best to fund it. It was decided that Council will not resume ownership of the cranes once restored; that they will remain with the GHT as per original intention of Council. When funding is in place for the crane restoration and relocation, Council will then look at the request received for bearing piles.
Future of History House Museum Service
Earlier this year the History House Museum building in Gresson was closed due to earthquake prone concerns. In May 2017 Council consulted the public on the preferred option to relocate the History House Museum to the ex Dick Smith building in the Greymouth CBD and contracting the Greymouth i-Site to deliver the museum services.
Around 60 submissions were received and Council heard and considered these submissions at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday 18 May 2017. Council has now decided to put any decisions on hold pending the gathering of further information. A full report with more detailed costings and information for all feasible options will go back to Council in the coming months as part of Council’s Long Term Planning process.
Please read the full press release below.
Press release - Proposed shift of History House Museum put on hold (PDF, 66KB)
Funding of earthquake strengthening works to Left Bank Art Gallery building
In March 2017, we asked the public if Council should fund the required earthquake strengthening works on the Left Bank Art Gallery building at an approxiamte cost of $330,000 (this would be loan funded and equates to around $4.50 per ratepayer per year). There was overwhelming support for this proposal and Council confirmed they will progress with arranging these works at their meeting on Monday 10 April 2017.
Easter Sunday Shop Trading
Following the feedback received, Council have now developed and adopted a local policy stating if shops in the Grey District want to trade on Easter Sunday, they can. This is a power granted to Councils under section 5A of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016.
You can read the policy on our website – it came into effect from 21 March 2017.
Link to Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy