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Paddling pool demolition
The popular Scarborough beach paddling pool,
damaged beyond repair after the February 2011
earthquake, is to be demolished at a cost of
$50,000. Investigations revealed cracks in the
pool tank and underground pipe work, and the
concrete surround has slumped. Damage was
''comprehensive and irreparable'', city recreation
and sports unit manager John Filsell said in a
report to the community, recreation and culture
committee. Any options for the future of the site
would require the demolition of the pool.
Boys' High head
Christchurch Boys' High School expects to
announce a new headmaster this month. Board of
trustees chairman Mark Jordan said the board was
interviewing a short list of candidates. Former
headmaster Trevor McIntyre left late last year. Now
executive adviser to the Ministry of Education, he
is working as a mediator between the ministry and
schools facing closure.
Protest grows over waste tanks plan
NOT HERE: Chris Brydon, of Parklands, says the new pressure system should go in the street berms, not in private
By ANNA PRICE
VEXED PARKLANDS residents
fear house prices will be hit if
pressure wastewater tanks are
forced on their properties.
They say the new infrastructure
should go in the street berms --
city council land.
Tanks are also planned for
Avondale and Southshore, as the
most resilient solution'' for
households in areas with land
damage-prone to earthquake
Most of the rest of the city
would be serviced by a leading-
edge vacuum suction system.
Online and hard copy petitions
are circulating in protest of the
city council plan to be rolled out
by the Stronger Christchurch
Rebuild Infrastructure Team.
Resident Doug Hobbs said the
issue is not the system itself but
that council infrastructure would
be embedded on private property,
using the householder's
This is a burden that's going to
be placed on property owners for a
lifetime,'' Mr Hobbs said. [The]
council says it wouldn't reduce our
values, but concerns have already
been expressed by potential
buyers in this area. We're very,
System control boxes would also
go on exterior walls of houses.
Resident Chris Brydon said the
council had no information on how
the tanks would be affected by a
These things are two metres
long and 1m in diameter. What
about water levels in Parklands?
Who will be responsible for
damage to pumps or lids,
electrical and alarm components?
There are lots of questions,'' she
Niki de Pina was dismayed
there was no consultation.
It was just sprung on us. Zone
One had letters hand-delivered on
I think there's a lot of unhappy
people. Council infrastructure
should be on council property. I
was concerned that this was
sprung on us.''
Mr Hobbs is urging residents to
join together to protect the value
of their properties.
[The] council made it clear
there will be no compensation for
the use of our properties,'' he said.
He said rates would remain
unchanged and a control box on
walls would be quite unsightly.''
Contrary to claims, he believed
few, if any, people in the area had
trouble with their private sewer
laterals from the house to the
SCIRT called a public
information meeting in the area
Council says pressure wastewater system is the best option
CITY COUNCIL water and waste
manager Mark Christison says
pressure wastewater systems are
the most resilient solutions for
households in areas with land
damage, prone to earthquake
He said the tank had to be
located as close to the house as
possible to minimise the potential
for damage in any future land
The street berm was not an
option as it contained
electricity and other utility lines,
as well as other water pipes.
Once in the ground, only the lid
There was no odour and the
could be tidily
landscaped, he said.
Burwood Pegasus Community
Board vice-chairman Tim Baker
was convinced a pressure system
was the best option for them.
In another event, the only one
that will survive there -- the most
resilient -- is the pressure system
for Parklands, Avondale and
Southshore,'' he said.
The same systems were already
installed in parts of the world,
including the United States and
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