Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Environment and Infrastructure Committee meets


Thursday 7 February 2013

Environment and Infrastructure Committee meets

New cycleways and repairs to Victoria Clock Tower were discussed at the Environment and Infrastructure Committee meeting today.

Cycleways
The committee recommended the Council support University to City and Grassmere/Papanui to City cycleways for funding over the next three years. The committee also recognised the Avon River Park project being delivered by the Central City Development Unit will provide cycling access in this area. The report from staff identified 13 cycleway projects, six of them priority projects, that with existing cycleways will form an effective network and encourage more people to cycle in Christchurch.

The six routes are the University route, the Grassmere route, the Little River route, the northern rail route, the Avon River route and the Sumner to City route.

Acting Committee Chair Aaron Keown said: “Our city is a cycling city and the big win areas for getting people on their bikes are clearly identified in this network. We’d like to see more spent on promoting cycling too.”

The committee also recommended Council set aside $1 million over two years for quick, targeted projects to create short new stretches of cycleway and join up or improve current cycleways, for example through better signage or improved facilities for cyclists at intersections.

The committee also asked the planning committee to consider further cycling solutions through the southwest area of the city.

Victoria Clock Tower
The committee recommended the historic Victoria Clock Tower be restored to full working order. The 1897 clock tower is of heritage and architectural significance and was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.

Infrastructure rebuild
The committee received the Infrastructure Rebuild Monthly Report, which showed that during November the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT):
• Laid 15,190 square metres of pavement, bringing the total area of pavement laid so far to 126,348 square metres or 18 rugby fields.
• Repaired 13,761 metres of sewer pipe, bringing the total length of sewer pipes repaired so far to 90,864 metres or the distance from Christchurch to Ashburton.
• Repaired 162 metres of water supply pipe, bringing the total length of water supply pipe repaired so far to 19,482 metres or about the distance from central Christchurch to Lincoln.

There were 95 construction projects underway in November with a total estimated value of $265.5 million. Normally, the council’s annual capital expenditure is about $200 million. SCIRT has a grand total of 567 projects underway, either in the design, construction or final completion stage with a total estimated value of $1,647.2 million.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other…

Reportedly, it was the breakdown of the relationship between the Pakistan Taliban and the Pakistan military – which for the first time, began bombing Taliban enclaves in the Tribal Federated Areas earlier this year – that led to this revenge attack on the school, which is attended by the children of the military. More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Police: Phillip Smith Investigation Passport Charge

A 25 year-old man will appear in the Whanganui District Court today charged with the Passports Act offence of False Representations. The charges were laid on December 9 by the Auckland-based Phillip Smith investigation... More>>

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Tribunal Report Confirms Iwi Ownership Of Lake Waikaremoana

“We are pleased for the claimants that eight years after the hearing began on Lake Waikaremoana they have some closure,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. “Most importantly, the report confirms freshwater is a taonga and identifies the ownership rights of Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāi Tamaterangi to the lake bed.” More>>

ALSO:

Climate Performance Report - Not Achieved: NZ Government Part Of Global Climate Problem

The New Zealand Government’s position on climate change is part of the global problem that we need to overcome if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

NSW Police Statement: Three Dead Following Martin Place Siege

About 2.10am (Tuesday 16 December), a confrontation occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside a café on Martin Place. Shots were fired during the confrontation. As a result, the 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Another man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sydney Siege (And DHB Budget Cuts)
Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed... In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, columnist Peter Hartcher raises a different point – that the initial public response had been noticeably different to the agitated reactions of politicians and the media. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Income Inequality, And Yo Ho Ho Christmas Songs

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white... Yet on Wednesday, there was Finance Minister Bill English trying to tell RNZ that the OECD was (a) wrong (b) using old data and (c) somehow anti-growth and in any case (d) New Zealand allegedly already had a strongly re-distributive tax system... More>>

Werewolf: Public Health - The Silent Crisis

Gordon Campbell: New Zealand’s public health system has been in crisis for so long that its failings – and deteriorating performance vis a vis other developed countries – now tend to be treated as its normal mode of being. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: House Adjourns For Summer

Parliament has risen for the summer break with the Adjournment Motion agreed just after 5pm on Wednesday. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news