Christchurch Mail : April 10th 2014
6 CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, APRIL 10, 2014 OPINION/NEWS READERS’ LETTERS Doesn’t do the trick Euchre (my dog) and I have just come off the beach from our daily walk. This morning I picked up (as I do every morning) large quantities of demolition material, presumably from the Lyttelton port reclamation area. It would appear the boom in place to ‘‘capture’’ this material is inadequate, releasing plastic, dressed timber (with nails) etc, only to be washed up on to Southshore and adjoining beaches. The boom obviously cannot cope with these ‘‘once in 100 years’’ storms we are experiencing regularly, producing heavy seas and the influx of unwanted rubbish. Peter Thornhill Sealey Southshore Small, my foot If Lyttelton Port Company chief executive Peter Davies (Christchurch Mail, April 3) thinks the last breakout of rubbish from his reclamation was ‘‘small’’ then I invite him to clean it up himself. He is being disingenuous in offering his ‘‘beach inspection crew’’ to clean up beaches. They have no brief to pick up small pieces of polystyrene and it appears that most ‘‘inspecting’’ is done from a vehicle. Today, from 1.5km of Southshore beach, immediately after the passage of the beach inspection vehicle, I picked up 140 demolition-related pieces of plastic – including crushed polystyrene. How many thousands of plastic particles from this latest outbreak have littered the ocean will never be known, and I doubt if Mr Davies and his cohorts even care. It is time they halted the dumping till a perimeter seawall is constructed. They could ask CERA to investigate alternative temporary dumping areas, such as Owaka pit. Bernie Calder Southshore Stranger’s kindness I ama 64-year-old Australian who recently had both knees replaced, and with my wife, visited New Zealand as passengers on the cruise ship ‘‘Celebrity Solstice’’. On arrival in Christchurch on March 17, we had limited time and I wanted to get a sim card for my phone. I went off on my own, became disoriented and got lost. I asked the driver of a car for directions and my distress must have been evident. The man offered to take me to the car park where the tour bus was, and although apprehensive, I had little option but to accept the ride. Could you please place a big thank you to this unknown person in your paper. It’s wonderful to find that there are people who are prepared to go out of their way to help a stranger. Graeme Baehnisch Australia ➤HAVEYOURSAY Wewelcome your letters. Letters must include a full name, address and phone number. Pseudonyms will not be accepted with letters. Email to: geoff.mein@fairfax media.co.nz, or post to: Editor, Christchurch Mail, Private Bag 4722, Christchurch 8140. ■ inBrief Re-opening ceremony Ohinetahi Reserve, on the Port Hills, will be opened to the public on Sunday after being closed for three years because of earthquake damage. The Summit Road Society will conduct a public ceremony at 1.30pm at the Sign of The Bell Bird where Ohinetahi meets the Summit Rd, led by Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson. The 150ha reserve is owned and managed by the Summit Road Society and stretches from above Governors Bay to Allandale, reaching to the crater rim of the ancient Lyttelton volcano. $100m Cashel precinct Lichfield Holdings has started foundations for the first stage of developer Nick Hunt’s office and retail precinct between Cashel, Hereford and Colombo streets, next to Antony Gough’s The Terrace development. Cashel Square will cover almost half a block. It will feature buildings around a public square, a glass-roofed atrium, and laneways running through to the City Mall and The Terrace. Container mall Re:Start will soon move across the road to clear the way for stage two of Cashel Square to start in July. Hunt said he had tenants for half the space. Traffic turn ban Congestion caused by traffic trying to turn right into Papanui Rd from Normans Rd could lead to the introduction of the first peak-time turning ban in New Zealand. City council traffic engineers say it could solve the traffic chaos at the hectic T-intersection. Fendalton-Waimairi Community Board will consider the prospect of introducing a right-turn ban at peak times at next week’s meeting. Turning traffic is holding up following traffic and creating so much frustration that some left-turning drivers are cutting along the footpath to get past them due to inadequate width for left and right-turning traffic to queue separately. Infrastructure costs hazy Difficulties in costing the restoration of the city’s quake-damaged roads and pipes are delaying an independent audit into the city council’s finances. KordaMentha, an advisory consultancy majoring in insolvencies and corporate recovery, was expected to give a final report on the state of the council’s books in February. That report has been delayed because of uncertainty about the costs of the council’s horizontal infrastructure rebuild programme. An interim report from KordaMentha hints costs were underestimated in the council’s three-year plan and how it would be paid. Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the council now has a better idea of the hole in its budget. Exemplar housing in Halswell Stage one of an exemplar medium-density housing project in Halswell was approved in principle by the council’s earthquake recovery committee. The Meadowlands housing development will see about 320 new houses built in the Halswell North Greenfield Priority Area identified in the Land Use Recovery Plan. The plan requires the council to enable a range of medium-density housing schemes as exemplar projects. The Meadowlands proposal was evaluated using the criteria previously approved by the council in February 2014. The decision allows the project to progress to the detailed design and consenting stage.
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