Subway has you sorted for breakfast, lunch and dinner during Whitianga Town Centre upgrade. 09 October 2018 Paul and Yvonne Simpson came to Whitianga with a view to buying a business and have been the proud owners of Subway Whitianga for the past four years. Previous to this, the Simpson's owned Sovereign Pier, a luxury waterfront accommodation business on the Waterways for four and a half years. The couple say it's the lifestyle and community that makes it an easy decision to stay. They also enjoy the beaches the area has to offer, particularly jet-ski fishing in their spare time, and supporting their community by sponsoring between 15 and 20 local groups. Winter can be hard for local businesses in Whitianga and the construction of the town centre upgrade has been tough in particular for Subway Whitianga. "The fencing in front of our shop has had an impact and so we've reduced staff and we have been working at the store ourselves to save costs," says Yvonne. "This also means unfortunately we have had to have a gap year supplying sponsorship to local groups in Whitianga," she says. Subway Whitianga are trying some new initiatives to get customers support. “We have invested in delicious barista coffee, to bridge the gap between the times that most cafes close and restaurants are yet to open and have a special promotion for two footlongs for $15 from 5pm onwards (excluded premium and promotional subs). We are also open late, till 8pm to encourage people to get dinner from us,” says Yvonne. So come and support your local Subway, keep an eye out for their signage at the intersection on Victoria Street, opposite Coghill Street, and remember there is still parking outside of the store and that the area continues to be open to pedestrians. Our contractors Dempsey Wood Civil are aiming to have Phase Three (from Blacksmith Lane to Campbell St) open to vehicle traffic by Labour Weekend, weather permitting. The car park bays only will be closed in parts after the long weekend to proceed with the work that will take place on the footpaths. Other works going on in Phase 3. Completing metal fill to form pavement base-course. Completing the final kerb placement at the Campbell Street and Albert Street intersection. Starting footpath paver installation opposite the 100% Electrical Store. Reinstatement of damaged asphalt at the intersection of Lee Street and Blacksmith Lane and Albert Street. Note this work will involve the closure of the intersection from 8pm on Saturday 13 October to 5am Sunday 14 October 2018. Placement of sealing chip to the phase 3 road pavement area prior to placement of asphalt. Commencement of new water main installation on Campbell Street east. Phase 1 - From Monk St to Lee St Our Contractors are commencing with the setting up of environmental controls at Carina Creek this week before they start physical work next week on the building of a headwall at the top of the Creek. Reinstatement of damaged asphalt at the intersection of Lee Street and Blacksmith Lane and Albert Street. Soldier Memorial Park Toilets This project was identified in our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan for "re-vitalisation" of the now tired but functional toilet block at Soldiers Memorial Park. It is also proposed that some artwork be part of the improvements. This will take the form of soldiers silhouettes to be cut from corten steel and placed on the exterior of the building. In addition to the silhouettes on the rear wall, Mercury Bay Art Escape have offered to provide two pieces of tiled (mosaic) art to be placed on the Blacksmith Lane side of the toilet in pictorial form of a man and woman, to depict the men's and women's entrances. The concept plans and artwork for the proposed upgrade of the toilet is, subject to the cost being met from the approved project budget. You can view the concept plan here: https://docs.tcdc.govt.nz/store/default/5555595.pdf Blacksmith Lane one-way The plans for a one-way road system on Blacksmith Lane were approved in principal by the Mercury Bay Community Board. Council staff have been asked to come back with further traffic counts and consultation with a view to progressing the project in the 2019/2020 financial year. The one-way road system is being considered as part of improvements for future traffic management for Blacksmith Lane for traffic flow and parking. For further information pleease visit our Project Page.