Central city not a demolition derby
The Dominion Post (25 May) and Hutt News (4 April) ran stories about Hutt City Council’s recently published Central City Transformation Plan (CCTP). Both have significant inaccuracies.
The stories featured claims that Council will purchase quake-prone buildings and the central city “might be partly demolished”. Council has no intention of doing this and it is not a recommendation of the CCTP.
In the Dominion Post story, the reader could have been left with the impression the reporter had communicated with an economist who worked on the CCTP, which was not the case. As far as Council is aware, he did not speak to anyone involved in developing the plan at that point.
In the Hutt News story, the reporter also states Queensgate Mall has worsened the central city’s disconnection from the river. It should be noted this is the opinion of the reporter and not the authors of the CCTP or Council, as was inferred in the story.
The CCTP involved extensive local stakeholder consultation and builds on 30 years of planning and public engagement to achieve a dynamic city centre that embraces the river. What makes it different from previous plans is that it contains the detailed initiatives and projects that make this aspiration possible.
The CCTP is not a prescriptive document saying these projects or initiatives must be done. It looks toward a 20-40 year horizon, and is intended as a resource for Lower Hutt people, local businesses and Council to stimulate and guide discussion on the evolution of the central city.
Find out for yourself on the CCTP page.