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Northern suburbs get
Pleased: Northern ward councillor Justin Lester.
By EMMA BEER
The Northern suburbs are getting some much-
Newlands shopping centre is getting a $1.14
million upgrade, and Churton Park is to benefit
from a variety of community initiatives.
Northern ward councillor Justin Lester said he
was pleased about the Newlands news.
It s probably one of the most unattractive look-
ing shopping centres in Wellington. It looks a bit
like a ghetto, he said.
The money from the sale of the land to
Foodstuffs, which has begun development of a
New World, was being reinvested into the carpark
area and public toilets, Mr Lester said.
A further $145,000 to fund stage two of the
development was confirmed in the Wellington City
Council annual plan last week.
Mr Lester said the further investment was
smart because work was already happening, and a
full upgrade made sense.
The additional funding would allow for
improved lighting, street furniture, removal of a
wooden canopy, new tiling, planting and signifi-
cant improvement of the glass canopy.
He said residents he had spoken to were
ecstatic about the upgrade. It ll be good to give
Newlands something to be proud of. [We want to
make it] not just a commuter suburb.
Marie Thomson, president of the Newlands
Paparangi Progressive Association, said it had
been lobbying council for upgrades for several
years. It s looking a bit tired. The playground,
footpaths, all that needs attention.
A lot of time had been spent on other suburbs,
she said, but now it s our turn .
It will be good to have local supermarket shop-
All work was expected to be completed within 12
months, Mr Lester said.
He also said the planned changes to Churton
Park would be huge for that community.
Mr Lester said the northern suburbs had been
largely under-represented over the last 10 years
and that they deserved the upgrades.
Churton Park is seen as suburban, family-
orientated. It s maybe not as beautiful as
Thorndon, or as hip as Newtown, but it s the
fastest-growing area in Wellington.
The only shop in Churton Park is a dairy in
Middleton Rd. The upgrade will include a com-
munity hall and centre, a supermarket and shops.
It s good they re getting [this] now, but they ve
been waiting a very long time, Mr Lester said.
Churton Park can get a hub.
Ed Crampton, president of the Churton Park
Community Association, said the upgrades were
going to be great. We ve gone from famine to
If facilities were provided, people would gravi-
tate towards them and anything that helped build
a community was a good thing, he said.
It s going to provide a heart for Churton Park.
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