What you told us
The main messages from the public consultation:
- People are concerned about the number of vacant shops.
- Keeping the existing shops is an important issue due to competition from neighbouring centres such as Porirua and Johnsonville.
- There is a good existing community atmosphere.
- People would like to see improvements to the town centre, including more seating, hanging flower baskets, trees and plants.
- There is a good range of shops, facilities and services, however, there is a need to attract a wider variety of new businesses to the area.
- Access to the town centre is good, including active and public transport. However, improvements to public transport are needed.
- The open space needs to be kept and even made bigger.
- Traffic congestion, safety and the number of heavy vehicles that pass through the town centre are all issues that need to be resolved.
- The Porirua stream needs to be enhanced and piped at some sections.
Consultation on Tawa Housing Choice and Town Centre Planning: March to April 2015 (110KB PDF)
Business and landowners meeting
On Wednesday 29 July 2015, Council staff and Ward Councillors Justin Lester and Malcolm Sparrow held a meeting to talk with Tawa town centre’s local businesses and landowners.
Around 20 people came and discussed issues and opportunities facing the centre. Many people echoed the earlier consultation feedback on traffic and vacant shops, and offered solutions such as:
- road options
- branding or theming parts of Tawa
- reinvesting in the plaza.
Meeting summary (67KB PDF) | Text version (11MB RTF)