Farmers’ Market carpark to be upgraded

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The carpark where the Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday is set to receive a $42,000 makeover, thanks to the Waitaki District Council.

The money will be used to fill in potholes, fix railings in the area, seal the carpark and carry out any other required maintenance work.

Waitaki District Council roading manager Michael Voss said the carpark had needed fixing for a while.

“We may have done minor things to it since I arrived in 2011, but other than that, we haven’t done much work to it, so we thought we would give it a good overhaul now.”

Mr Voss said when the carpark was fixed, it would not only make the Farmers’ Market safer, with fewer potholes to worry about, but the improved conditions would be good for motorists using the area during the week.

Mr Voss was uncertain when the work would get under way.

“We are unsure when the work will start, as it’s all weather-dependent. Hopefully there’s some nice weather in the coming days so we can start it soon, otherwise it will be when we sort it with the contractors and get a good stretch of weather.”

Recent dusty and wet conditions meant it was hard to pin a date on when work would start, Mr Voss said.

He hoped the project would take two weeks at the most.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY