Background: Members of the public partially blocked access to the Christchurch City Council Chambers on Friday, with an ‘interactive installation’ illustrating congestion concerns.
A security guard kept an eye on proceedings, but Council staff and elected members didn’t appear upset by the community action. “It’s been a few years since we had a good protest inside the building” observed one Councillor.
The protest was held in the lead-up to a joint Community Board meeting on the plan to manage traffic downstream of the Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC). The 293-page agenda for the meeting was published earlier in the week, and is available to the public on the Council’s website. It includes a full copy of the final Christchurch Northern Corridor Downstream Effects Management Plan (DEMP), along with a staff report and various supporting material. Staff made three recommendations to the Boards:
That the joint Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board and Papanui-Innes Community Board:
- Receive and endorse the final Downstream Effects Management Plan.
- Recommend to Council to endorse the final Downstream Effects Management Plan.
- Note that Council Staff will proceed to design and consult on the proposed interventions in Stage 1A and will develop a programme and costings for the remaining stages.
What then happened at the meeting, and what is expected to follow, is the subject of a subsequent article.
Previous articles on the CNC
- Recap: Council decision on the draft CNC Downstream Effects Mitigation Plan
- Residents voice views on downstream traffic plans
- Adding up the benefits of the Christchurch Northern Corridor
- Calculating the cost of the Christchurch Northern Corridor
Question for readers
What are your thoughts on the ‘interactive installation’ as a form of protest?