Residents voice views on downstream traffic plans

Have your say: the draft Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) Downstream Effects Management Plan is open for public feedback. As a condition of the project’s consent, this plan is required before the CNC opens. The plan “recommends a programme of work to reduce the downstream effects of the CNC”, however not everyone is a fan. There is a ‘Can the Plan’ campaign underway in the local community, as can be seen on the front page of the latest St Albans News:

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Image credit: St Albans News, April/May 2019

What’s in the plan?

The CNC is expected to open in late 2020. The draft management plan proposes three delivery stages for mitigation work: Continue reading “Residents voice views on downstream traffic plans”

Nor’West News: “Papanui candidates step up for October elections”

Today I’ve announced that I’ll be a Papanui Ward candidate in this year’s local body elections. Thanks Nor’West News for covering this:

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The full article also can be found in Continue reading “Nor’West News: “Papanui candidates step up for October elections””

Press release: Simon Britten to stand as a Papanui Ward candidate

11 March 2019

Press release

Simon Britten to stand as a Papanui Ward candidate in the 2019 local body election

Founder and curator of the Think Papanui Simon Britten has today announced that he will be a candidate in the Papanui Ward in the 2019 local body elections.

In 2016 Simon founded the Think Papanui community engagement initiative, and he is still involved on a daily basis. Think Papanui’s aim is to share information on City Council consultations, Community Board agenda items and decisions, local projects in action, and generally what’s happening in the community. “This has helped keep the community informed”, says Simon, “and has also helped me keep in touch with local government and our community”.

Simon values a connected community that cares for all of its members, and is passionate about making a contribution through an elected role in Papanui.

What is a ‘connected community’? Continue reading “Press release: Simon Britten to stand as a Papanui Ward candidate”

Commentary: Tree troubles rile residents in Northfield Road

The 26 February Nor’West News features the story of Northfield Road residents seeking removal of a tree outside their property. The article notes issues with fallen branches, power outages, ruptured concrete and a damaged fence.

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I frequently run along tree-lined Northfield Road, usually in the early morning. More than once I’ve stumbled on pavement that has been pushed up and cracked by tree roots. This seems to be an issue right along the road – not just outside any one house. The pre-dawn trip hazard of the uneven surface is compounded by deep shadows cast due to the trees blocking street lighting. Continue reading “Commentary: Tree troubles rile residents in Northfield Road”

Limewatch: A vote of confidence by Christchurch City Council

At their 28 February meeting, Christchurch City Councillors voted in favour of staff recommendations to:

  • issue a 12 month permit for Lime Technology (Lime’s initial trial permit was due to expire on the day of this meeting)
  • increase the cap on Lime e-scooters from 700 to 1,000
  • charge an annual rental fee of $86.25 per e-scooter – reflecting the public space occupied

Councillors also approved a citywide cap of 1,600 e-scooters, and delegated to staff the authority to amend the citywide cap, and also the cap that may be applied to an individual permit.

Lime scooters in Papanui

Papanui Councillor Mike Davidson proposed a lower cap for Lime of half the citywide cap. He argued that competition could be stifled by allowing first-mover Lime too much market share, but this amendment was not carried. Continue reading “Limewatch: A vote of confidence by Christchurch City Council”