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

 


Key decisions from today’s Council meeting


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Key decisions from today’s Council meeting


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

Floor-raising proposal
Homeowners in flood-affected areas with insurance-funded rebuilds underway may get $20,000 from the Council towards the cost of raising their floor levels where this is not covered by insurance. Staff will report back on the legal implications of this proposal and the likely costs and benefits at the 14 August Council meeting.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tea Kiosk to be repaired
The Council agreed to repair and strengthen the closed Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tea Kiosk, with the facility expected to re-open in time for the 2014/15 summer season. The Council set aside $110,000 from its Building and Infrastructure Improvement Allowance to go ahead with the work. It is expected work will begin once detailed design work is complete, a contractor appointed and consents are issued.

Demolition of closed Linwood Library
The Council approved the demolition of the closed Linwood Library in Cranley Street. The library is earthquake and fire-damaged. A working party, comprising elected members and Council staff, will be set up to consider long term options for the site. A temporary Linwood Library and Service Centre continues to operate in Eastgate Mall.

Cycleways construction approved
Final design and construction of sections of the Council’s Major Cycleways has been approved to begin this year. Among work approved today was an off-road cycleway along Matai Street East from the railway to Deans Avenue, part of the Uni-Cycle route. A signal-controlled crossing will connect Matai Street East to Hagley Park over Deans Avenue. Further intersection improvements to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists will be done at the intersection of Harper Avenue, Fendalton Road and Deans Avenue on the Northern Line Cycleway.

New policy gives base isolated foundations "wiggle room"
To support the recovery and rebuild of the Central City and improve building safety, the isolators from base isolated foundations on private lots will be allowed to be constructed or retrofitted to move underneath public footpaths during a major quake. Any infrastructure above or below the ground has to be protected, and entrances to buildings will be protected with a sliding plate-type system.


– ends –


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news