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Wellington City Council starts improvements in Thorndon

6 August 2014

Council starts improvements in Thorndon

Visiting parts of Thorndon is like going back in time and getting a glimpse of an era gone by, and work starting this week will help to maintain this historical neighbourhood – and celebrate its creative heritage at the same time.

Planned in consultation with residents and local businesses, the project will improve the Tinakori Road village and neighbouring area and enhance its unique architecture, culture and history.

The work, which will be carried out over the next few months, includes footpath improvements, laying new sections of kerb, two new seats, resealing part of Ascot Street, and installing two signs with some key local historic information.

New pavers featuring quotes from some local legends like artist Rita Angus, writer Katherine Mansfield and composer Douglas Lilburn will also be laid through the shopping area as a reminder of some of the famous artists who have been associated with the suburb.

There will also be some other maintenance work done in the Thorndon area over the next few months, including replacing kerbs and resealing the footpaths on Lewisville and Upton Terraces.

Wellington City Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee Chair Councillor Andy Foster says “Thorndon is Wellington’s oldest suburb and a jewel in the Capital’s heritage crown, and we want to make sure it shines the way it should.”

“Not only is the neighbourhood special to us in Wellington, but tourists come from far and wide to experience the unique colonial architecture, and the remarkable creative landscape the area has provided for well over 170 years – and probably the next 170 to come,” he says.

“People will still be able to get to all the shops, cafes and restaurants, and we really encourage everyone to continue to support these local businesses over the next few months as we make the improvements to this area,” he adds.

The work will cause some disruption, and some parking spaces may not be available at times, but the contractor, Downer, will be working hard to minimise this.

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