The Newtown Residents’ Association met on July 20th 2015.
You can see the meeting minutes here. These were two of the main of the issues discussed:
Efforts to consult with contractors doing potentially disruptive street works.
In mid July Jeanie McCafferty, NRA Vice President and local retailer, became aware that work was about to start on upgrading the trolley wires in Constable St. There had been no prior consultation, and the work was going to be very disruptive to traffic flows and parking. Jeanie managed to arrange an emergency meeting with the contractors, other retailers, and WCC representatives, and agreement was reached on doing the work in the least disruptive way, including no Saturday work. There is more to be done on establishing policies to make sure that in future there will always be consultation with affected parties before work starts.
Submission on Private Plan Change 79
A developer has applied to change the zoning of a property at 42a Riddiford Street from Inner Residential to Suburban Centre. 42a is a back section, and a zoning change would allow it to be amalgamated with properties at 40 and 42 Riddiford St for a combined commercial development. The neighbours in the Residential zone, particularly in Nikau St, are very concerned about how this will affect them. The meeting agreed to oppose this change. You can see the NRA Submission here.