Nelson Leader : August 29th 2013
3 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 29, 2013 NEWS NELSON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED See & hear them BEFORE YOU VOTE Quiz the Candidates at the Municipal Market Day NELSON SUBURBAN CLUB Saturday 7 September at 1pm Admission by Donation to defray costs 5483402AH Community busting to upgrade loos Not bog standard: David Engwicht, director of Brisbane-based organisation, Creative Community at the workshop on Saturday to look at how the Buxton toilets will be improved. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK The community- led makeover of the Buxton Square toilets is under- way following a plan- ning meeting on Saturday. Nelson City Council communication adviser Nan Ward said several groups had been set up to look into various parts of the makeover -- including building design, murals, mosaics, lighting and landscape design. They groups will meet regularly over the next 12 weeks in the lead up to the makeover -- to work on their plans, apply for building consents, involve others, source materials and dona- tions and develop a detailed plan and schedule. Nan said about 30 people took part in Saturday s planning day, with many more contributing their thoughts and ideas as they passed through the square. A Facebook page has been set up where ideas and updates will be posted as things prog- ress. Place where peo- ple can see how plans are developing, what skills and resources will be needed for the makeover and can vol- unteer to get involved. The project is also online at facebook.com/ pages/Bogs-of-Buxton- Makeover/ 511182495627197. David Engwicht, a place-making consult- ant was in Nelson at the weekend to conduct the first stage of a plan to upgrade the Buxton Square car park toilets. The city council has agreed to upgrade the toilet block at a cost of $75,000, which includes David s fee of $9750, after assessing the ear- lier $330,000-plus option as too expensive. It had already spent $40,000 on an architecturally- designed upgrade pro- posal. David said he was used to going out on a limb with his ideas, and risked egg on his face with every proposal, but he believed Nelson was capable of embrac- ing new things. He was impressed with efforts to encour- age a shared space approach between pedestrians and cars. The toilet will be made over on the week- end of November 15-17. David had included specific design features which had to comply with crime prevention rules in the concept plan. The council sti- pulated that all work undertaken on the toilet block had to com- ply with building regulations and tackle crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) cri- teria. Buxton Square has been a problem area at night for some years and serious violence has occurred there.
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