Upper Trafalgar St could become a permanent pedestrian mall by October – if the public get behind the idea.
Nelson City Council wants to hear from the community on whether motor vehicles should be banned from the area year-round, after voting to put the proposal out for consultation.
Submissions are now open and close at the end of July. If approved, the closure would start on 18 October, but the area would remain open to emergency and service vehicles.
For the past two years, the area between Selwyn Pl and Hardy St has been open to pedestrians only during the summer months. Mayor Rachel Reese says the feedback from the public during those closures has been positive.
“I am really looking forward to hearing the results of the consultation on this. Moving to a permanent pedestrian mall in the heart of our city could be a key move for Nelson, so we encourage people to let us know what they think.”
The costs of declaring Upper Trafalgar St to be a pedestrian mall, prohibiting motor vehicles 365 days per year, are estimated to be a $200,000 capital as a one-off investment.
This would provide for removal of parking meters and bollards, permanent signage, vehicle barriers, road marking, and more robust street furniture.
This cost is currently unbudgeted, although there are some existing budgets in transport and city development that this cost could be taken out of – but that would mean that other projects in the city centre would be delayed a year.
Submissions are now open until 24 July and can be made online at nelson.govt.nz, by post to Upper Trafalgar St, PO Box 645, Nelson 7010 or by dropping off to Civic House.