Issue No. 107 - 21 June 2003
Pedestrians at traffic signals
Wanganui employs two types of pedestrian systems at traffic signal controlled intersections
The above diagrams illustrate pedestrian movements and are not intended to represent every combination (or phase) that may be present at any particular intersection.
Council to adopt plans next week
Three days have been allocated next week for the Council to debate and adopt the Draft Long-term Council Community Plan 2003-2013.
On June 17-19 the Strategy Committee heard public submissions on the plan. More than 100 written submissions, which were not presented in person, will also be considered.
The Strategy Committee meets again on Tuesday to Thursday (June 24-26), starting at 9am, to discuss matters raised in the submissions and to recommend changes to the plan before it is adopted. The Draft Service Management Plan 2003-2013 will also be considered.
The Strategy Committee will recommend any changes to an Extraordinary meeting of the Council at which the plans, including the proposed amendments, will be adopted. The Council meeting will be held immediately after the Strategy Committee meeting; this is expected to be about 4pm on Thursday, June 26.
The meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Council Chamber on the first floor of the Council building at 101 Guyton Street.
What's on in and around Wanganui
June 21: Chamber Music Concert
June 21: Wanganui Caledonian Society Dance
June 21: Rivercity Markets
June 22: Mid Winter Swim
June 22: Wanganui Male Choir Concert
More information about things to do in the Wanganui District is available from the i-Site Wanganui Visitor Centre, 101 Guyton Street.
The Winter Gardens Conservatory and outdoor garden areas are now open.
The refurbishment has gone well and there is a riot of colour for you to enjoy.
The Gardens are open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Sunday.
The Council is looking for any photographs and or personal recollections that people of Wanganui may have of when the Whanganui River breached the South Spit before it was closed off.
It is believed that the photographs or your stories may be around the year 1947. If you are able to help us please contact Marie Gorinski by telephone on 349 0001, facsimile 349 0523 or email Marie Gorinski.
We look forward to hearing your story or seeing your photographs.
Dublin Street Bridge heavy traffic restriction - Have your say
The Council is proposing to restrict heavy traffic on the Dublin Street Bridge which will reduce the need to carry out major repairs to the deck surface.
Numerous pavement defects are visible on the surface of the bridge deck and these have led to a widespread perception that the bridge is structurally unsound. This is incorrect; the bridge foundations and superstructure are sound and only maintenance of the deck is required. Provided this maintenance is carried out periodically the structure will last for many more years.
However, heavy vehicles using the bridge are causing damage to the bridge deck by breaking up the surface.
Therefore, it is proposed to restrict the bridge to vehicles with a maximum axle weight of 4000kg. Currently only about one percent of the traffic on the bridge exceeds this limit and that traffic will be required to find alternative routes.
The principle advantage of this action is to reduce the cost of repairs of the bridge deck from approximately $1 million to about $100,000 and to reduce the time the bridge will be closed for repairs from four or five months to four or five days.
Public comments or submissions on the proposal are invited. These need to be received by 15 July 2003 so they can be considered by the Council at its Works and Transport Committee meeting on 29 July 2003.
A more detailed report is available from the Council's Customer Services Desk.
For further information, contact Ian McGowan or John Jones, phone 349 0001.
Whanganui Regional Museum
Friday, 27 June at 7.30pm. Price $12.00 ($10.00 concession)
At the Davis Lecture Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt St, Wanganui
Gunner Inglorious is a solo show where the actor uses nothing but a single chair, yet it has been called "monumental", "a classic dramatic production", which "deserves to be shared with New Zealanders everywhere and anywhere".
Howick and Pakaranga Times
The book has become a classic of New Zealand war literature. The performance brings it all right home - the squalor, the agony, the futility of war, but also the ability of the human spirit to find humour and heroism in the midst of adversity.
Gunner Inglorious starts as all wars do, with a rush of adrenalin as troops go into action. Then comes the reality of what all the training has been about ... and the long, hard months of recovery in an enemy hospital.
Booking essential, tickets now available from Whanganui Regional Museum.
What's New on the web?
A recent addition to this site is:
Wanganui Cycling Strategy, published in May 2003. (PDF format, 600KB)
Strategy (9am to 4pm)
Purpose: To receive, hear and consider submissions to the 2003-2013 Long-term Council Community Plan.
Council - Extraordinary (4pm or immediately following
the Strategy Committee meeting)
Purpose: To adopt the 2003-2013 Long-term Council Community Plan.
All meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
Harbour - Extraordinary (Blue Water Port Concept)
2pm - Committee Room 2
Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.
The Council welcomes members of the public to attend its meetings.