Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 1919. TOWN PLANNING.
That i,£ is preferable to have a town well-designed and efficiently constructed is as certain as anything in this life can be, thus there can be no real opposition to those who extol the advantages of town-planning. The' main difficulty is how to remove present defects without placing too heavy financial burdens on those who own property and those who hire it. Ashburton already has some of the facilities desired by townplanners, its live hedges) for.-in-
stance, adding to the, attractiveness of the residences, and its Domain being a real beauty-spot. Apart from an old shanty here \ and there, there is little in Ashburton borough residences for reformers to be "very-indignant over, even if on the other hand there is .hot much an artist would enthuse about. Ashburton is, still a small town, and should, therefore, find the path of necessary reform comparatively easy. The main shop-, ping centre is obviously faced, sooner or later, Math re-building, and if the property-owners concerned would take into consideration suggestions from the townplanning experts, happy results should ensue. • The railway reserves afford further/ scope for beautifying, and, were the West Street stores to combine utility with art, our main thoroughfare would be a splendid advertisement, for the town. Towns that have grown in the ordinary manner cannot hope to compete artistically with such special ventures as-Letch worth,'but efforts should be made to do all that, is possible. Disagreement with one of the reformers' proposals should aot mean refusal to adopt any. Rain, wind, heat and frosts upset the best-laid schemes of towndesigners, and grass strips on borough roads lose their charm unless, carefully trimmed,, which means expenditure. Trees add beauty to the outlook, but also-in, the autumn distribute leaves in the channels, and their roots work mischief. Town-planners' photography, being mainly for propaganda purposes, usually compares the best of the new with the
worst, of the old, but even allowing for all the "special pleading" and professional enth.usiasm> few will doubt that it is easy and wise to avoid the mistakes of the past. The general principles and aims of the town-planning' movement should be cordially endorsed by the public and their representatives, and special note should be taken of the advice given by Mr. Hurst; Seager that townspeople should help themselves and not leave everything to the Borough Councillors.