Papanui-based Te Ora Hou Otautahi has commenced a building project that will see a massive improvement in the quality of their facilities. The Windermere Road site has been used for education purposes since Loreto College was founded in 1930, and is now a base for Te Ora Hou staff who work in our community, where activities including their Alternative Education programme is run, and which will cater for a range of community events and activities. These images give a sense of how the project will look when completed next year.
The Great Library Plant and Seed Swap is at Papanui Library until 4pm today. Everything is free to take, and you’re welcome to drop off seeds or plants to share with others.
Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten rounds up stories from the past week:
Last Saturday I attended the St Silas plant and book sale and shot a brief live video to encourage the community to call in. It’s all finished now but you can still watch the video if you’d like to see what you missed (and I expect it’ll be on again at some stage in the future) – this video was Think Papanui’s top post of the week on the Facebook page.
I shared the video version of last week’s news recap. You can catch these on YouTube each weekend.
I shared the outcome of the joint meeting of the Papanui-Innes and Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Boards, which reached a conclusion after considering submissions and the staff report on the Council’s proposed transport projects downstream of the Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC). The recommendations go before a meeting of the full Council this coming Tuesday 24 September.
There were a number of items on the Council’s agenda on 12 September of particular relevance to the Papanui area. I’ve written an article summarising these, including a link to further analysis of the decision to support traffic lights at the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection.
On Tuesday 17 September we had a ‘meet the candidates’ evening for Papanui Ward Council and Community Board candidates, hosted by the Redwood Business and Residents’ Group.
I posted a summary of outcomes from the 13 September meeting of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board.
Voting papers for our local body elections will be delivered in the post from today, 20 September.
- The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap returns to Papanui Library this Saturday 21 September, from 10am-4pm.
- On Tuesday 24 September the Council will consider the recommendations from the joint Community Board meeting on the proposed transport projects downstream of the Christchurch Northern Corridor (item 9 on the agenda).
Voting papers for Christchurch’s local body elections will be delivered in the post from this Friday 20 September. If you haven’t received yours by Wednesday 25 September, please get in touch with the City Council – click through for details:
“Voting papers for Christchurch’s local body elections should start turning up in people’s letterboxes from this Friday.”
At their meeting on 13 September, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board: approved the recommended landscape plan for a temporary modular pump track and a table in Shirley Community Reserve; approved no stopping restrictions in the Richmond Area and street renewal for Warden Street; approved $4,000 in 'Summer with your neighbours' funding across 48 applications, mostly for local community BBQs; approved three applications to the Board's Positive Youth Development Fund, and three to the Discretionary Response Fund; and received an area report on initiatives and issues current within the Community Board area. There are no further Board meetings planned until after the upcoming election. Click through to read the full minutes:
Last Thursday’s Council agenda included a number of items of specific interest to the Papanui area.
1. Marshland, Spencerville and Kainga Area Speed Management Plan
An August joint meeting of the Coastal-Burwood and Papanui-Innes Community Boards had recommended that the Council supported a proposal for lower speeds in the Marshland, Spencerville, and Kianga. The recommendation excluded a section of Marshland Road from a point 250 metres south of its intersection with Main North Road/Spencerville Road to Prestons Road, with that section to be voted on following a further report back from staff.
On Thursday the Council voted in support of the joint Community Boards’ recommendation.
2. Sisson Drive / Langdons Road / Restell Street / Winston Avenue Proposed 30km/h Speed Zone
The Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board had recommended that Council approve a 30km/h speed zone for the streets indicated in the plan above. This was supported by Council at Thursday’s meeting, and implementation can be expected approximately October/November this year.
3. Harewood Road/Gardiners Road/Breens Road Intersection Improvements
Earlier this year the Council consulted on options for the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection. The Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board subsequently recommended approval of traffic signals for the intersection, and that recommendation passed from the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee through to Thursday’s full Council meeting. In a decision that has been documented at greater length by Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten, the council has supported this recommendation in principle, and requested staff investigate funding options.
The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap is returning to Papanui Library on Saturday 21 September, from 10am-4pm. During this coming week you can drop off seeds or seedlings to give away, and then on Saturday they’ll all be put out for everyone to share. Click through for details:
“Got some home-saved (or leftover bought) seeds to share? Pop them in at one of our participating libraries and we’ll put them out for everyone to share. This is for everyone! Don’t worry if you don’t have any seeds to share this year, you might next year. We welcome vegetable, herb, flower, native a…”
On Friday 13 September the joint meeting of the Papanui-Innes and Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Boards reached a conclusion after considering submissions and the staff report on the Council’s proposed transport projects downstream of the Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC). The Boards passed the resolutions recommended by staff essentially as proposed, but also several significant additional resolutions, including:
- not to proceed with clearways on Cranford Street (between Berwick St and Innes Rd) at this stage; and
- to request Council prioritises “measures to stem the flow of vehicles from the Christchurch Northern Corridor into St Albans”
The recommendations from the joint Board meeting will go to the 24 September (note the date change) meeting of the full Council. If approved at that meeting, work will commence on a large number of improvements and upgrades. Decisions about the exact design and use of lanes on Cranford Street between Berwick St and Innes Rd will remain to be made as the mid-2020 opening date of the CNC approaches.
Minutes of the meeting, including the exact wording of the resolutions, will be published at https://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/.
Here’s a video recap of stories from the Papanui area over the past week, and a look at what’s coming up:
“Think Papanui’s founder and curator Simon Britten gives a rundown on stories covered by Think Papanui over the previous week. For more details on these stori…”