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Low cost housing plan for inner city east
By ANNA PRICE
A LOW COST housing pre-
cinct for Christchurch's inner
city east could be built by pri-
vate landowners boosted by
government incentives, if a
radical new proposal gains
Life's social justice unit and
Te Whare Roimata want the
city council's blessing for pro-
posals floated at the Hagley
Ferrymead Community Board
They will then take the pro-
posal to CERA and the
Department of Building and
Anglican Life researcher
Tessa Laing said around 250
rooms in below-standard
buildings were lost after the
February 2011 earthquake,
scattering tenants far from
their own networks and City
Some were from the mis-
sion's night shelter, some are
sleeping rough and some have
taken cheap rentals in sub-
urbs but would prefer to
return to the city where they
have more of a sense of home,''
Ms Laing said.
Losses included studios and
singles rooms which provided
The ones that have gone
weren't up to scratch. We
want new, good, well-
insulated attractive and posi-
tive home environments for
them,'' she said.
Ms Laing and Te Whare
Roimata's Jenny Smith are
looking at a quadrant
bounded by Madras, Kilmore
and Cashel streets and Stan-
That's where they've
grown accustomed to, where
they've developed networks
and have City Mission sup-
port, Ms Laing said.
In any city -- including
Christchurch -- it is important
we have a range of quality,
low-cost single persons accom-
modation. There is very little
council and no Housing NZ
rentals to accommodate them
now. We want that housing
replaced because it provided a
critical social service.
The city council could do it,
but we're not confident they
have a plan,'' she said.
The agencies are seeking
community views and sup-
Well-run bars plagued by
pre-loaded drunks -- police
By ANNA PRICE
HOT SPOT: Victoria Street nightlife. INSET: Inspector Derek Erasmus.
Photos: DEAN KOZANIC/DON SCOTT
PLAIN CLOTHES police are
being planted in Victoria St liquor
bars, as booze-fuelled disorder has
tripled in the central city precinct
Police have been called to 135
incidents including assaults,
threats, drunkenness and general
disorder in the area this year --
three times more than the same
time last year.
Christchurch central area com-
mander Derek Erasmus says the
covert operations are observing
how those bars are run and identi-
fying problem areas.
We have worked with the bars
and run a number of covert and
overt operations targeting them,''
Inspector Erasmus said.
In general, we were quite
happy with the way bars are run.''
Three of the bars relocated from
the central business district after
the February 2011 earthquake to
Victoria St, near residential areas.
The big problem is that these
bars are now in close proximity to
where residents had lived rela-
tively quietly, but that has
changed,'' he said.
A major issue was revellers
migrating to Victoria St and gath-
ering outside bars.
A high 85 per cent of those
arrested had not been drinking in
bars, but come to town pre-loaded,
So they may be excluded from
a bar and that's when we get a lot
of disorder and noise.''
Unlike bars in Riccarton and
Lincoln Rd, those in Victoria St
could legitimately trade later.
Because these bars were in the
city they are able to operate until
3am. They are operating within
the law,'' Inspector Erasmus said.
Meanwhile, the authorities
were in a holding pattern'' wait-
ing for Alcohol Reform Bill to
This would allow for a local
alcohol plan to be drawn up.
Under the new law, every local
authority could develop an alcohol
plan for their area.
We are working closely with
the city council so that a local
alcohol plan is in place once the
law takes effect,'' he said. Inspec-
tor Erasmus raised the issue at
the Hagley Ferrymead Com-
munity Board meeting yesterday.
Alcohol is the biggest driver of
crime for us,'' he said.
A teen has been charged over a
crash in Hornby on Saturday night,
which claimed the life of Sean
Hutt, 20. Harry Philip Silcock, 18,
faced a count of failure to stop
and ascertain injury when he
appeared in Christchurch District
Court on Monday. Mr Hutt was
struck by a car on Shands Rd
about 11pm. The driver turned
himself in on Sunday night.
Library back soon
Temporary repair and earthquake
strengthening will begin next
month on the South Library and
Beckenham Service Centre, which
should re-open by the end of this
year. The city council's Colombo
St building was closed in July after
engineers rated it at 10 to 20 per
cent earthquake capacity.
Shirley Rd works
Directional drilling of a new
wastewater pipe starts at the Hills
Rd end of Shirley Rd on Monday.
Parents who normally park on
Shirley Rd to access Shirley
Primary School should park in
adjacent streets and use the
school crossing. Fletcher
Construction is installing the new
pipe during the next five weeks.
There will be no parking spaces on
Shirley Rd during works.
Lining Madras pipe
Madras St's 133-year-old brick
barrel stormwater pipe is having
its life extended with plastic lining.
Contractor Fletcher Construction
began work at the St Asaph St and
High St corner a month ago.
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