27 January 2017
Mataura Main Street beautification starting soon
The southern end of Mataura’s Main Street is about to get a makeover.
Council contractors will start the construction of garden plots between Carlyle Street and Durham Street just after Waitangi Day. There will be 21 plots that will be planted out in a variety of shrubs in the autumn.
Transportation Manager Peter Standring said the beautification project has been on the Mataura Community Board’s radar for some time. The board has been putting aside funding for the project over the past 10 years.
The project will see plots placed at intervals down the street, about three metres away from the existing kerb. This will provide enough room for cars to park and means there will be minimal impact on the number of car parks presently available along this stretch of State Highway One.
“We will be putting in small speed humps between the kerb and each plot though to make sure cars don’t travel along there too fast.”
During construction there will be some disruption to traffic flow and loss of parking, Mr Standring said.
The project is expected to be finished by the end of February, however, it will take a couple of months before the plots can be planted out.
Parks and Recreation Manager Ian Soper said top soil will be put into the plots, then they will be left fallow.
“Invariably when you put in top soil you import weeds, so we will allow a couple of cycles where the weeds grow then we spray them off.”
The plots should be planted out in the autumn, he said.