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

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system.

To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council has now been closed. Yet the number of times in recent years when the Privy Council has quashed the findings of New Zealand courts has demonstrated that we are regularly
(a) jailing the wrong person or
(b) arriving at guilty verdicts on grounds sufficiently flawed as to raise serious doubts that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news