Residents turn up and turn on the heat

Background: Members of the public partially blocked access to the Christchurch City Council Chambers on Friday, with an ‘interactive installation’ illustrating congestion concerns.

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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:

  1. Receive and endorse the final Downstream Effects Management Plan.
  2. Recommend to Council to endorse the final Downstream Effects Management Plan.
  3. 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

Question for readers

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