Business sees light in bid for CBD lure

By Lawrence Gullery

Fairy lights could be the answer to putting the sparkle back into Hastings' central shopping precinct.

Hastings City Business Association will ask the Hastings District Council to free up $5000, half the share of the costs to install 10 fairy light systems in olive trees in Heretaunga St East.

The project is part of a wider plan to enhance the east end of the CBD, to make it more attractive for night life and safer.

The proposal will go to the council's district development committee tomorrow along with two other town centre upgrades plans which collectively cost $26,500.

Hastings City Business Association acting chairwoman Sandra Hazelhurst said the fairy lights were planned for the Heretaunga St East 100 block, which included the Hastings cinema.

"It's part of the Eat Street plan where people can come into the cinema, enjoy a movie, then enjoy a meal afterwards. The lights will create a bright ambience in the 100 block next to the clock tower.

"We've been working on this project for some time and originally we got some funding from Unison for lights in and around the water fountain. This is a continuation of the whole project to brighten up the town centre."

Mrs Hazelhurst said the long- term goal would be to install more lights into the neighbouring Heretaunga St East 200 block.

The business association was hopeful the lights could be installed and switched on before the end of the summer trade season.

The two other projects to be considered by the committee included one by the Havelock North Business Association which had requested $12,500 to install outdoor picnic tables and a new information sign in the village. The third proposal was from the Olive Tree Cafe on Joll Rd, also Havelock North, which wanted $9000 to install an outside dining area.

A report by the council's projects and public space manager, Russell Engelke, and its parks manager Colin Hosford, said both of the Havelock North Business Association projects would be built by the village green near the information kiosk.

The Havelock North association had committed $5000 towards its proposed projects and requested the council make the $12,500 funding from the J Sanderson Bequest available to assist with the costs of the improvements.

The bequest was set up for the "beautifying of the borough or for the provision of community facilities".


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