A truck parking facility on Picton’s Waitohi Doman has been given the green light with construction set to begin on Monday 12 March.
The decision to opt for a truck park comes as a result of a recent survey conducted by Council which asked for local feedback on the potential future uses for Waitohi Domain.
Marlborough Sounds Councillor Nadine Taylor said a large proportion (75%-78%) of people who completed the survey were in favour of a truck park being built on Waitohi Domain. The facility will ease congestion currently created by heavy vehicles parking in Picton streets.
“Community input in this project has been incredibly valuable. We received a lot of interesting ideas as a result of the survey, many of which are still being looked into, including planting options.
“We are very mindful of the presentation of the truck park; and we will develop a full planting and landscaping plan around the facility and along Dublin Street to beautify the domain frontage and enhance the surrounding area,” Councillor Taylor said.
Council Assets and Services Manager Richard Coningham said the Domain had significant limitations in terms of its future use.
“The site was once a landfill meaning it contains potentially harmful soil which restricts its use for some activities. The Domain is also an overflow area for the Waitohi stream during flooding and a large part of it will be retained as floodway reserve,” Mr Coningham said.
T C Nicholls Ltd has been awarded the contract for the sealed pavement facility and will begin work on Monday 12 March. Work is expected to be completed by the end of April. Once SH1 is fully operational again and the requirement for a truck park is less, Council intends to rent the area to a suitable tenant to generate a return on its investment.