In our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, we set our vision to foster the district's future success, this included investment in water infrastructure, Hastings city centre, housing, parks and reserves and our transport connectivity. See below some of the major projects that are already complete or currently underway.
Our Waimārama Road Cycle Trail Safety Upgrade project involves building a safer, off-road alternative to replace a 3km section of the wider Hawke’s Bay Trails Landscapes Ride network. The current 3km section runs along an 80km/hour road and was deemed a safety risk. Hawke’s Bay Trails are part of Aotearoa’s 22 Great Rides.
The Hastings City Centre Revitalisation Plan was adopted by Council in February 2019 following extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community. The plan will help improve the performance of the city centre through urban design initiatives, to create a distinctive and vibrant city centre.
Work starts on Monday 3 May to put the pedestrian crossing on Te Mata Road, near the Village Green, on a raised platform. Once that’s complete, contractors will build a raised courtesy crossing on Napier Road. The crossings will help improve pedestrian safety and access to and through the Village Green, by helping slow traffic coming into the Village Centre.
One of the key pillars of our Council’s long term plan vision 2018/2028 is to provide or facilitate the provision of homes for our people. From social housing to conventional housing, there is a big need for more housing in the Hastings district that’s tailored to meet the diverse needs of our district.
Hastings District Council (HDC) have received $9.37 million government funding for shovel ready projects. Projects include improvements to our communities footpaths, the iWay walking and cycling network, various road safety projects including a joint project (with NZTA) on State Highway 51 between Collinge and Ruahapia Roads.
The aim of the Façade Enhancement Scheme is to provide financial support to building owners and tenants to upgrade their façades, using colour schemes that are both aesthetically pleasing and sensitive to the colour schemes of adjacent buildings, the scheme will remove unsightly features and replace conflicting signs with more sympathetic versions.
In 2010, Hastings District Council (HDC) submitted a proposal to the New Zealand Transport Agency to become New Zealand’s first “Model Community” – an initiative designed to demonstrate that carefully planned, sustained investment in walking and cycling can have a positive impact on a community.
Work to strengthen and widen Kuripapango Bridge on the Taihape/Napier Rd was completed ahead of schedule, on 20 May 2021. Co-funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Rangitīkei District Council and Hastings District Council, the strengthening work was a requirement that arose after the Government put in place new restrictions around vehicle weights and dimensions in 2016.
Te Ara Kahikatea provides a very important connection between the growing fields of Hastings, the production facilities of our district and the routes out of the region to our customers across New Zealand and the world. It moves large vehicles from the residential streets in and around the Whakatu residential area, making the streets safer for our people.
The transformation of Ebbett Park began in July 2020 and is due for completion by early November 2020. The upgrade includes a new playground, as well as new amenities such as a toilet, additional seating, picnic tables, a drinking fountain and a new off street car parking area off Gordon Road.
The construction of a major new water main between Hastings and Havelock North was completed in 2019. It is a key element of Hastings District Council’s comprehensive water infrastructure upgrade plan: the Hastings Drinking Water Strategy, designed to improve reliance, capacity and flexibility into the water supply network.
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