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BARN INVESTIGATED: The city council is seeking legal advice regarding a charity barn owned by Baz Hailes.
Council seeks legal advice
on Ferry Rd barn parking
By ABBIE NAPIER
RESIDENTS FED up with the
unsightly charity barn on Ferry
Rd will be pleased to hear the
council is taking steps to resolve
The council is seeking legal
advice regarding the prominent
Woolston site, and has posted
signs advising rubbish dumpers of
$5000 fines if caught.
The Charity Barn and Free
Shop chain was set up by Christ-
church businessman Barry
Hailes, with proceeds reportedly
going to overseas charities.
Since its inception, the sites
have been plagued with public
derision -- the smell and the mess
often cited as key concerns.
Last year, Mr Hailes set up an
open-air site on the corner of
Ferry and Ensors roads, after he
lost three sites post-quake -- Blen-
heim Rd, New Brighton Mall, and
Late last year his Garlands Rd
site was sold and he had three
months to vacate.
The Ferry Rd site has not esca-
ped residents wrath. Woolston
resident Stephen Johnson said he
had complained to the city council
as the site became more
He said he and his neighbours
were concerned about vermin and
the continued dumping of rubbish
outside the site after hours.
The rubbish dumping has
always been an issue for the Char-
ity Barns. It was often left after
hours, and dump fees to clear it
away were expensive.
Late last year Mr Hailes told
the Christchurch Mail he would
make a real effort to keep the
Ferry Rd site tidy, but dumped
rubbish was expensive to remove.
The signs the council have put
up are really working, he said.
They look terrific, and we haven t
had such a problem since they
went up about five days ago.
I ve asked them for more signs
for all the sites.
City council inspections and
enforcement manager Gary
Lennan said the Ferry Rd Charity
Barn was operating within the
city plan business zone and there-
fore had a right to operate.
The council had received three
complaints about the site and had
visited in November, as there
were health and safety concerns.
In November, Mr Hailes addres-
sed problems around site cleanli-
ness. Since then, the council had
decided to investigate possible
violations of the city plan concern-
ing parking availability for the
busy intersection site. Legal
advice was being sought.
The Hoon Hay Charity Barn
was also under investigation
regarding signage encroaching on
Mr Lennan said the Main South
Rd site had been visited by council
four times in a two-week period,
and Mr Hailes had been issued a
written notice regarding illegal
building work and signage.
Mr Lennan said the main con-
cern with all the sites was the
dumping of goods outside business
hours. The council had helped
remove the rubbish and was moni-
toring the sites.
Mr Lennan said there was a
degree of collective responsibility
regarding rubbish dumping.
Complaints can be made to the
council 03 941 8999.
Quake memorial event
A public memorial service will be
held in Latimer Square at noon on
February 22 for the victims of
Christchurch's 2011 killer
earthquake. The service, co-
hosted by Christ Church
Cathedral, will include one
minute's silence at 12.51pm.
Mayor Bob Parker says two years
on, the impact of the quake was
still being felt in the daily lives of
Cantabrians and the service would
help people take heart in the city's
future. Other events will also be
held around the city at that time.
Close to 240 submissions on
Canterbury Cricket's application to
establish an international cricket
venue on Hagley Oval were
received by Monday's deadline.
The oval would include a pavilion,
embankment, lighting and
landscaping. City council resource
consents manager John Higgins
said submissions were divided
almost evenly between those for
and against the development.
Cricket has been played at Hagley
Oval for more than 100 years.
Arts Centre revival
A new bar and restaurant will open
in the former Academy Cinema
building by December as part of
the seven-year, $290 million
restoration of the historic Arts
Centre complex. It will be the first
time the public have been allowed
back into the centre since the
February 2011 earthquake
damaged almost every building in
the complex. Arts Centre director
Andre Lovatt said he wanted to
bring activity back to the central
city. Rental revenue from a new
bar would help fund the
restoration. The $290m project
has a funding shortfall of $50m,
he said. The centre will call for
expressions of interest from
hospitality businesses in May.
Local jobs filling
Latest Statistics New Zealand
figures show that the number of
filled jobs in Canterbury rose 4.7
per cent for the year ended
December 2012. Fulltime
employment lifted 5.4 per cent,
while part-time employment was
up 3.4 per cent. It was the third
consecutive quarter showing an
annual rise in filled jobs in
Canterbury and was the largest
annual percentage rise for the
region since March 2010.
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