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Redcliffs residents' plea:
'Save our village'
By ANNA PRICE
REDCLIFFS CHAMPIONS: Resident Reg Dalley, a retired mechanical and structural engineer,
left, with Dr Graham Macdonald, centre, and physiotherapist Bruce Reilly at the New World
supermarket site corner are among the community leaders heading the push to restore key
quake-hit facilities without delay. They say it hinges on the supermarket rebuild, which hinges
of the city council installing traffic lights at the Augusta St-Main Rd corner.
REDCLIFFS WILL die if its supermarket
rebuild is abandoned because of the city
council s reluctance to install traffic
lights at a busy Main Rd corner, con-
cerned residents say.
Foodstuffs South Island Ltd has said it
will not rebuild its New World supermar-
ket on the corner with Augusta St with-
out traffic signals.
The Hagley Ferrymead Community
Board is taking up the case with the
It is writing to the Stronger Christ-
church Infrastructure Rebuild Team
(SCIRT) asking that signals be con-
sidered as part of the Main Rd, Redcliffs
The proposal of Cr Tim Carter, backed
by board chair Bob Todd, was passed
The board has also called for an urgent
report from council staff on signals,
including options for funding and
We re particularly concerned about
what s happening there and the com-
munity itself is concerned, Mr Todd said.
The action followed a deputation by
residents Reg Dalley and Jack Wormald,
who have long campaigned for traffic sig-
nals which, they say, would be a catalyst
for the restoration of the bay com-
munity s business strip.
The supermarket, demolished after the
February 2011 earthquake, was the com-
munity hub, Mr Dalley said.
Redcliffs will die if the supermarket is
not rebuilt, as two businesses have quit,
two others are preparing to leave, and
two more are hanging in the balance.
The supermarket would bring back the
foot traffic urgently needed to revive the
prime waterfront and cliffside suburb, he
Now we ve got this stalemate with the
lights and we ve had enough.
Bays GP Dr Graham Macdonald said
that once the supermarket was rebuilt,
business would invest in the area again.
I feel Redcliffs has lost its soul. Red-
cliffs has the X-factor, with the yachts
and the sea. We believe Redcliffs on its
own has exciting potential. It could be a
vibrant destination for shopping, leisure,
and a future cycle-walkway, rather than
be a gateway to Sumner.
Physiotherapist Bruce Reilly said the
community had been compromised by
council s inability to reach a settlement
with Foodstuffs over the traffic lights.
Residents are upset that $15 million
has been floated for the council s Sumner
master plan, yet Redcliffs gets nothing .
A figure of $250,000 has been quoted
for kerbing and channelling the area, and
$250,000 for traffic lights.
Mr Todd said this paled in comparison
with the Christchurch rebuild spend, and
lights were entirely desirable .
People are saying if the supermarket
isn t rebuilt, Redcliffs will just die. That
will be a sad, sad day for Christchurch.
Foodstuffs general manager of prop-
erty and retail development Roger David-
son said the company fully supported the
board s latest action. We are really
pleased to know Redcliffs is behind the
revival of its community.
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