Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade and the Cut Hut Hairdressers 03 July 2018 As part of our buy local campaign every week we aim to profile a local business affected by the construction works with the Whitianga town centre upgrade. This week we caught up with Sally Fox at the Cut Hut at 39 Albert Street, situated between Westpac Bank and Frankies Sports Bar. Photo File: Sally Fox and some gracious clients at The Cut Hut Sally has owned and operated the hair salon for seven years and remembers fondly how she came to live in Whitianga. "We used to holiday in Whitianga on mum and dads boat. When mum and dad moved to Whitianga full-time, I was working in film and television in Auckland and was on my way to Wellington when I stopped in at Whitianga to see mum and dad, and never left," says Sally Sally enjoys her business house tennis competition so much, she's involved with the Mercury Bay Tennis Club as club secretary. Sally and her fiancé Aaron Wood also love to get out fishing when they can with their four-year-old son Cooper. "With a team of three at the salon, two chairs are operating all year round, and we may look to add an additional chair for the summer period," Sally says. "We've been really lucky while the town centre upgrade has been progressing, we have a good loyal client base, and with access from the service lane still open and clear, it has still been easy enough for our clients to get to us," she says. "The contractors themselves have been very professional and friendly and a number of them have popped in for a quick haircut too." It's been great and it's really starting to look good out there on the main street," Sally says. As part of the 'buy local' campaign, Sally and the team at the Cut Hut offer great prices and discounts for Gold Card holders. You can contact Sally and the team on 07 866 2525 or just pop on in. Works this week - 2 July Below are the work activities that will be carried out on site over the next week for both Stage One and Two along Albert Street from Blacksmith Lane to Hannan Road. Stage 1 - Along Albert St from Blacksmith Lane to Monk St. Continue footpath preparation for paving blocks from Taylors Mistake to Blacksmith Lane and Lee St to Monk St. Start installation of paving blocks from Lee Street to Monk Street. The removal of road closure and traffic management signage at the intersections of Albert Street and Blacksmith Lane, Lee Street and Monk Streets. The footpath and paving for Stage One is a mix of asphalt interspersed with sections of firth paving blocks. The design was approved by stakeholders and the Community Board, in the knowledge that with cost being a factor, paving stones would not be used for the entire work. Note: Stage 1 road layout will be open to traffic at a reduced speed limit of 30km. Parking bays will be open but may be subject to closures to complete critical works. Although the new road layout is open to traffic, works will continue on the footpath pathing and furnishings, with final completion date for this stage of 18 July. Stage 2 - Along Albert St from Monk St to Hannan Road Installation of road closure and traffic management signs and removal of street furniture, street lights, existing pavement, concrete kerb and channel along Albert Street, from Hannan Road to Monk Street. Commence bulk excavation works. Note: There will be access to shops, businesses and homes within Stage 2 of the construction. Dempsey Wood will be visiting all of the shops and houses that are within the confines of Stage 2 to double check access is not compromised by the fences that are being put up. Dempsey Wood will continue to work with affected businesses so that it's business-as-usual while construction work is happening.