greenwelly wrote:I think you are being a bit unfair here, yes the permitted growth of Queensgate has turned the CBD into a wasteland
Bud, it's not just the Queensgate mall. In addition to the mentionings of "c46andc47" I can think a few more.
There's the fact they allowed what would be an ideal area for low-rise residential blocks and strip malls along railway avenue to become a boulevard of tacky car dealerships (and why on earth are there so many tacky car dealerships in Lower Hutt in the first place?).
There's how they've allowed Petone and its once decent seaside community to be completely ruined by traffic to South-Eastern suburbs and Wainuiomata.
There's the loss of the ideal rail connection between what should be ideally situated Melling Station and Manor park and the loss of the station for Belmont.
There's the fact that the supposed transport hub is in Waterloo which seems to doom any bus routes to slower than necessary transit times due to heavy traffic.
There's the not-too impressive access to the suburbs on the western Hills.
And the atrocious access to Stokes Valley.
I'm not exaggerating when I say really don't know of a worse planned city anywhere in any developed country. There's always problems with automobile traffic along all main roads with many traffic bottlenecks with intersections and overbridges seemingly in the wrong place. It just doesn't seem to function as a city of 70,000 population should. It's really seems to be an ideal example of how a city council allowed itself to be developed to the whim of petty free enterprise.
And while I appreciate that they were more the product of central government, I've wondered before how much better the world would be if Taita and Pomare had been left alone as market-gardening areas.
grunter wrote:Hutt City Council is the legal name given to the body created by the merger of the former Lower Hutt City, Petone Bourgh, Eastbourne Bourgh and Wainuiomata Councils. The is no such thing as the Lower Hutt City Council. Lower Hutt is a geographical area within, but not making up all, of the city. The names given to the various local authorities are bestowed upon them by the orginisation that alternetively creates and destroys them- the Local Govement Commision and its Minister for Local Govenment.
I consider quite appropriate that the Council should call itself Hutt City. Other than that is in fact its name, reference to Lower Hutt implies a particular area of the valley floor and excludes Petone, Eastbourne and Wainuiomata
I'm really only talking about the part of "Hutt city" that is Lower Hutt. Eastbourne is lovely and Petone's got a lot of potential (especially if they could eliminate the traffic from the esplanade).
"I don't like it when posters here seem to be impugning the professionalism or even the good faith of PT planners and staff, and I wish that wasn't allowed on this forum" - Doloras.