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Key decisions from today’s Council meeting 19/12/13

Thursday 19 December 2013

Key decisions from today’s Council meeting

Christchurch City Council met today and the following key decisions were made:

Ferry Road Master Plan
The Council has adopted a plan to support the recovery of the Ferry Road corridor from Fitzgerald Avenue to Ferrymead Bridge. The Ferry Road Master Plan is part of the Suburban Centres Programme, which provides coordinated support for the recovery and rebuild of commercial centres damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. Adoption of the plan means work can begin on Council-led actions that have funding approved such as streetscape improvements in Woolston.

Riccarton Bus Hub proposal
The Council voted against locating the Riccarton Bus Interchange Hub at 119 Riccarton Road. The Council asked staff to provide a report on other options for the passenger waiting lounge and bus stop. The Council has also asked for a workshop to be held in early 2014 that will be attended by the Council, ECAN and CERA to look at the whole public transport network.

Residential Advisory Service
The Council decided that to enable consideration an imminent a Deloitte review of the service and a desire to know who is being helped, in what way and where the blocks were, consideration of the report would be deferred to the Council meeting on 30 January 2014.

Hagley Oval Environment Court costs
The Council approved a recommendation for officers to seek to recover costs from Canterbury Cricket, for all costs incurred from the resource consent application to the Environment Court to develop the Hagley Park Oval into a first-class cricket venue in time for the Cricket World Cup in 2015.

Earthquake Remembrance markers at sensitive sites

The Council gave its approval for temporary remembrance markers to be placed on Council-owned or administered public land, until such time as the adjacent site had been developed or the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial is established. Immediate family members wanting to put a sign in place need to approach the Council for approval, and signs will be subject to design and location principles.

Gaiety Hall Akaroa
The Council has given its support in principle for the permanent repair of the Gaiety Hall subject to a full report to the next Council meeting for final approval.

Infrastructure Rebuild Programme funding
The Council has approved a request from the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) to receive further allocation of funds from the Council Infrastructure/Building Improvement Allowance for a number of projects that will further enhance and strengthen the pipelines through out the city.

Social housing
The Council received an update on the Rebuild and Partnerships Programme, which focuses on 17 high-priority social housing complexes identified from the Council’s City Housing portfolio. The Council requested reports for the redevelopment of the Willard Street and Brougham Village complexes be presented to the Housing Committee in February 2014. The Council also requested feasibility studies for three other high-priority complexes, Carey Street, Coles Place and Cresselly Place, be completed by March 2014.

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