Call for ideas on improving Scotland St

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Roxburgh residents and business owners will soon be able to have their say about what changes they would like to see included in a Scotland St streetscape upgrade.

Central Otago District Council roading manager James McCallum said $90,000 had been allocated to Roxburgh by the council and the NZ Transport Agency, and the money needed to be spent by the end of June, so the council wanted to hear from the community as to how best to do it.

Mr McCallum, community development officer Nikki Aaron and economic development manager Nick Lanham attended the Roxburgh Teviot Valley Business Group’s meeting last week to hear suggestions.

‘‘We will put the suggestions into a discussion document for public release shortly,’’ Mr McCallum said.

Ideas included relocating the bus stops to a more suitable spot as they were used only twice a day.

That would free up more space for car parking.

Adding street signs and assigning designated parking for motorhomes was also suggested.

‘‘We could install brightly coloured street furniture and more rubbish bins,’’ he said.

E-bike charging stations could be installed to cater for the increased popularity of the bikes on the cycle trails.

Additional small ramps could be built to make it easier for the elderly and those with prams to move from the road to the footpath.

Removing vegetation to clear views down the street, or moving the pedestrian crossing from where it is at present, are not under the council’s jurisdiction but could be discussed with the NZTA.

That also applied to erecting electric variable speed signs and other traffic-calming measures.

Including little libraries would also be possible, but they would have to be on private property.