Recap: the week ended 10 May

Think Papanui’s curator Simon Britten rounds up stories from the past week:

In follow-up to last week’s record-breaking story on Kmart’s relocation from The Palms to Papanui, the Nor’West News carried an article this week with some further comment and information.

Last week I mentioned that Council consultation on the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection was coming up. Information on two possible options was published this Monday, along with an online feedback form. This was runner-up for top post of the week on Think Papanui’s Facebook page, with some spirited discussion in the comments. (Top post was this week’s ‘Kmart’ update.)

On Tuesday evening I attended the second meeting of the Redwood Business and Resident’s Group. If you have a business in the area or live locally, I’d encourage you to connect with the group on Facebook, and look out for more news.

On Wednesday morning I called in to the Council chambers to sit in on the first half of the joint Community Board meeting hearing submissions on the draft plan to manage traffic downstream of the Christchurch Northern Corridor. After a near half-hour delay due to a lack of a quorum, the meeting heard from of submitters including Christchurch Central MP Dr Duncan Webb, the St Albans Resident’s Association, and individual residents.

Submitters on the CNC downstream traffic plan, waiting for enough Community Board members to arrive so that the meeting could eventually commence.

Also on Wednesday the Neighbourhood Trust held their AGM and 20-year celebration, which was a great opportunity to hear some highlights from the year, and connect with staff, volunteers, and supporters.

There was a meeting of the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board this morning. Earlier in the week I published the agenda for the meeting.

Thursday’s Star carried a follow-up story on the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection consultation – it looks like Council are being plenty of feedback to consider, with more than 172 submissions received in the opening days. Public consultation remains open until 10 June.

I finished the week with a story from the Nor’West News on the history of the Firestone factory in Papanui.

Closing soon:

Think Papanui’s 2,000 subscriber promotion will be drawn this Sunday, with two Kmart gift cards up for grabs. See the posts here and here for information on how to enter.


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With warm regards
Simon Britten