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ESTUARY EYRIE: The beautiful stretch of Bridge Reserve, where post-quake tidal flooding resulted in fallen and
dying trees and a hazard warning.
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By ANNA PRICE
THE QUESTION of how much
woodland will be restored in
three quake-damaged South
New Brighton reserves is caus-
ing angst in the community, a
local advocate says.
Burwood Pegasus Community
Board chairwoman Linda Stew-
art said the board intended to
make submissions on its vision
to the reserves hearing panel.
A public workshop on the
recovery and future manage-
ment of the reserves will be held
at South New Brighton School's
performing arts room at 7pm
Strong community interest is
I'm pleased the council is get-
ting on to a plan quickly,'' Mrs
There is angst in the com-
munity about how much wood-
land will be restored.
The pines and macrocarpas
generate a microclimate -- acting
as a shelterbelt from southerly
blast -- not to mention the Brom-
ley wastewater treatment
plant,'' she said.
There's a balance between
bird-feeding natives and pine
woodlands as a backdrop.''
The council is seeking com-
munity views tonight on the
future of the reserves -- Blighs
Garden, Bridge Reserve and
South New Brighton Domain.
With the disturbance to
Bottle Lake and now South
Brighton domains, the bird cor-
ridor has broken down and the
secret garden rooms' where you
could picnic and not even be
seen, have gone,'' Mrs Stewart
The reserves were severely
impacted by the earthquakes
and now look very different,
with hundreds of quake-harmed
and dying trees removed.
The new management plan
would take account of changes
in the reserves and allow recov-
ery work to continue.
The document would identify
values and establish a vision for
the area, determine the rec-
reation, landscape and environ-
mental outcomes to be achieved
and establish policies to enable
their appropriate development.
The closing date for sugges-
tions is December 14.
Social housing hurry-up
Development of its social housing
repair and rebuild plan is marked as
a Christchurch City Council priority.
The council's community, recreation
and culture committee is recommen-
ding immediate action on social
housing. Committee chairman Yani
Johanson said its recommendation
to the council around developing a
social housing plan would send
another clear signal that rebuilding
and repairing units was a top priority.
Engineering assessments on units
were progressing and repairs had
now begun to five social housing
units. A holistic restoration plan had
been prepared so that the council
could give clarity around time frames
and look at how it might speed up re-
opening or rebuilding the units.
Whale Pool opening
The popular Whale paddling pool at
New Brighton beach will open on
Saturday, November 17, after quake
repairs. It will be the first summer in
two years children can splash and
play in it. An engineering assessment
on the pool was fast-tracked in
August after local residents and
Burwood Pegasus Community Board
members took up the case.
The pool attracts thousands of
youngsters. The Botanic Gardens
paddling pool will also open again on
Further damage assessments are
needed on the Sydenham Preschool
determine the economics of repairing
versus demolishing the building.
Council would be told it was possible
that the Tuam St or QEII Early
Centres, neither of which was being
used, could be re-located to the site
if the building was to be demolished.
A separate report with recommended
options will be presented to council
for approval once investigations are
Centre may go
The South Brighton Community
Centre is considered to be
uneconomic to repair and council
staff are recommending it be
demolished. Council staff are looking
at options for its future.
Assessments are continuing on
Waltham Pool with repair options and
potential costs to be considered. The
pool will not re-open in time for this
summer, the council says. A
separate report with
recommendations will be presented
to elected members for approval
once this work is completed.
Engineering assessments are also
continuing on the Lyttelton Pool
(Norman Kirk Memorial Pool). These
will be followed by community
engagement on repair options and
costs. The pool will not re-open this
summer. Recommendations will be
presented to the council for approval
once the evaluation is finished.
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