When we recently spoke to the community about the safety improvements, we heard some community members were concerned about the proposed removal of some of the trees on High Street
In light of this, we have further reviewed our designs and we are able to keep five trees that were going to be removed.
We still need to remove some trees to allow enough space to install the new traffic signals. These trees are in the road reserve space and we need this space for the turning lanes at the intersections, to help drivers turn right.
We have carefully thought about the removal of these trees. Unfortunately, without removing some of the trees, we cannot make the intersections any safer for people walking and driving, or enable people to easily access the High Street from the side streets
As part of the project, we will plant nine new trees in planter boxes, and several low-level native planting beds in various locations along High Street and at the intersections. We are also investigating planting a Titoki tree in a new tree pit near the vicinity of Bowater Toyota on High Street. The Titoki tree has been selected as it suits the urban environment.
We will plant Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa cultivars) and Titoki (Alectryon excelsus) in the planter boxes. It’s important to note, we may need to substitute the species of tree in the planter boxes for an alternative species if the Pohutukawa or Titoki species are not available. We will let the community know if happens. Alternative species that could be selected are: Broadleaf lime tree (Tilia platyphyllos); Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus); or Golden Elm (Ulmus glabra ‘Lutescens’).
In addition to the safety improvements within this project, the Tasman District Council will be progressing a wider plan to improve the urban form of Motueka township in the coming few years. It is expected this work will consider a range of urban design and liveability aspects around the town centre including planting, parking, active travel, public transport, open spaces. This is a longer-term project, which the Council will work with the community on.