In less than 18 months, traffic will spill off the motorway heading for the city via St Albans, adding to the congestion and making living here less safe, so many people are not filled with joy at this prospect, including the Papanui Innes Community Board who have declined to endorse the latest plans. The Christchurch City Council is about to host another round of consultations about the three stage plans for Cranford St, downstream of Innes Rd – a process, with lots of studies and sub-projects (that could continue on and off for the next decade) aiming to make the streets safer. In our history section we take a look at a small private school that ran in Mays Rd until the 1940s and we were interested to hear from historian Margaret Lovell-Smith about a number of men living in St Albans who opposed the war in Europe. We also take a look at a scheme helping disadvantaged people purchase bicycles. All this and more in the February/March edition of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.
The St Albans Residents Association (SARA) is a proactive community organization working at the grassroots in St Albans, Christchurch.
SARA has been developing local resources and a local voice since its inception in the 1960s. It is a vessel for community activity that benefits the locality and residents of St Albans.
The 2018 AGM is being held on September 3 at 7pm and a new Management Committee will be voted in. With the stepping down of Renee Walker as Chair and Peter McDonald as Treasurer there is an opportunity for people who value community and want to have an influence on the development of our local resources to join the committee.
As with all volunteer driven organisations, SARA ebbs and flows through the influence of membership numbers and power. The power of organisations like SARA in the current environment is exciting, with community led development having a real influence on communities around the world as well as here in New Zealand and Christchurch.
The Committee is responsible for the strategic and financial oversight of the Association. The members actively participate in monthly meetings and lead and support local projects.
Residents are encouraged to submit candidates who would make a valuable contribution by contributing their skills to the community. Nominations can be received in advance and verbally at the AGM.
Here is the Nomination Form to complete online and we’ll see you at the AGM being held at the St Albans Tennis Club, 37 Dover Street on the 3rd September 2018.
Please get in touch with any questions or thoughts.
Ring Emma on 027 288 6334 or
Sandra on 021 317 584
Mā te wā,
board member, SARA
When the time capsule planted in 1920 behind the foundation stone in the old community centre was opened in September it contained a small brown bottle and a letter inside. The bottle was reluctant to give up its dry contents but eventually did. The opening was recorded in the October/November StAN and made reference to the letter and some of the names contained within. Click to read the transcribed letter The Christchurch City Council has transcribed the letter in full. Some of those names were men who played a prominent role in 19th century Christchurch and in the public library which replaced the Mutual Improvement Society’s building in Dover St,later to become the St Albans Community Centre.
One of the questions asked in the submissions to the council over the traffic plans for areas downstream of the Northern Arterial related to street calming measures on side streets. The council has summarised the submissions on its Have Your Say website and built up intersections was the preferred method for those who submitted (193) followed by street narrowing (126). https://ccc.govt.nz/…/2…/July/4.-Traffic-calming-options.pdf.
Christchurch list MP Nicky Wagner (National) hopes her Member’s Bill to legalise and regulate the use of electronic cigarettes is chosen for debate in Parliament.
Insurance lawyer turned MP Duncan Webb says the Earthquake Tribunal will be a “radical circuit breaker” for Christchurch.
Webb, now the MP for Christchurch Central, represented claimants against both EQC and insurance companies while in practice and now runs regular clinics to guide claimants.
“Problems with access to justice have plagued post-quake Christchurch. This legislation sets the scene for an informal, inquisitorial, speedy tribunal,” he says.
Many claims had stalled because of the unwieldy and expensive High Court process.