Consultation Leads to New Plan for Brightwater’s Ellis Street

Tuesday 6 March 2018

A concept design for Ellis Street, in Brightwater, aims to create safe and accessible pedestrian, cycling and vehicle linkages, improve the streetscape, and recognise local stories.

In late 2017 the Tasman District Council carried out community consultation in Brightwater. The consultation included discussions with a working group made up of representatives from local business, Brightwater School, the residents’ association, police, heavy haulage companies and others, an interactive brainstorming session with Brightwater School pupils, and a public drop-in session for the wider community to contribute ideas.

Tasman District Council project manager Graham Rimmer said the resulting concept design was based on three principles:

  • creating clear, accessible and safe linkages for all street users – including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists;

  • improved streetscape facilities, such as footpaths, seating, parking, cycle facilities, plantings and lighting; and

  • recognising local stories through streetscape and landscape elements.

“The detail will be developed in the next phase of the project – which is detailed design - but may include traffic calming measures to reduce traffic speed and make Ellis Street safer, better wayfinding through clearer signage and removing barriers for pedestrians and cyclists, and a stronger connection to the school through wider, more attractive footpaths.

“Anyone who is interested in seeing the concept plan can check it out on our website, at”

Construction is scheduled for 2019. Graham said while the original timeline for the project would have seen work begin this year, competing priorities for funding this financial year had seen the start date moved out.