Public Asked for Views on Ernle Clark Reserve
17 November 2009
Ernle Clark Reserve is a much loved part of south Christchurch and residents were delighted when the Council bought some land adjacent to the existing reserve to save it from future residential development.
Residents will now have the chance to discuss their vision for the future of the reserve. On December 9, Council will be holding a drop-in session at Beckenham Service Centre between 5pm and 7pm and people are welcome to come along during this time and chat with Council staff about any issues they wish to raise concerning the reserve.
Transport and Greenspace Manager Alan Beuzenberg says “The land was bought to protect the trees and this will remain the Council’s main aim. This means that any development we do will be minimal as the emphasis is on protecting the existing trees and the lake shore. Firstly, we need to ensure all trees are safe, so part of the process will be to examine the trees in the extension and assess what needs to be done.
“We will be working towards a development plan to open the area we have bought to the public. This plan will protect what the community already values and ensure we preserve the peace and tranquility of the area.
“We will be applying for funding in the next LTCCP for implementation of the plan,’’ says Mr Beuzenberg. “Council moved quickly to buy the land to ensure its protection, we are now working to get the funding for its future.’’
Part of the consultation with the public could be the option to review the name of the reserve.
“We are interested in hearing just what people want,’’ says Mr Beuzenberg.