Council fixes for flooding, possible soil contamination and celebrating Matariki are among the articles in the June edition of the St Albans News. The print edition will be delivered to 7000 St Albans homes over the weekend of June 14-15 but you can read it right here
Christchurch JP and Labour candidate Tony Milne has launched a petition for CCC to install turning arrows at the corner of Cranford Street and Innes Road.
Eighteen years ago when the worldwideweb was in its infancy and dial up was the only way you could access the internet from home, St Albans NeighbourNet operated a private intranet that offered neighbours a way to connect to neighbours, to warn about a mini crime wave in the area and to share information about the suburb.
The focus shifted to running a drop in computer centre in the St Albans Community Centre and the network never really got beyond a handful of users on a modem attached to a shared phone line.
Nearly 20 years on, internet speeds are much faster and you can even get an app for your smartphone to connect with your neighbours, thanks to a scheme, aptly called Neighbourly, started by a couple of 30 somethings in Auckland earlier this year. It is not planned to supplant anything already in the neighbourhood but acts as a tool to connect neighbours and communities on the web, by cellphone or in person throughout the whole country.
Location: St Albans Community Centre, 1049 Colombo St
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Time: June 23 at 2pm 0
Description: Online discount dealmakers Grabone founders are promoting Neighbourly.co.nz around New Zealand after a pilot in a handful of Auckland suburbs. The site can be used by neighbours and community groups to organise community events and keep in touch. For more information contact:
Location: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, 288 Oxford Terrace
Time: June 19 7-9pm
Description: Disaster Psychology Specialist Dr Rob Gordon discusses the challenges fragile communities face in the years following a disaster. How do we address common symptoms and concerns show by people in the third and fourth year after a disaster. How do we address these concerns before people need professional advice and support. Australian-based Dr Gordon, with 25 years’ experience supporting communities affected by disaster, treats adults and children affected by trauma and disaster as part of a general psychotherapy practice.
Christchurch City Council has come up with some temporary solutions to cope with the flooding, including temporary pumps, vegetation removal, back flow improvements. It is also going to pilot a wrapping solution and will continue to research longer term solutions. The Flooding Taskforce report presented on June 5 gives more details.
Helen Ross from Edgeware Village Green got a very nasty surprise when she passed nearby the village green on May 8 – the heart-shaped garden had been destroyed without warning.
“Wanton destruction without a moment’s hesitation,” she said, adding: “My heart is crushed.”
No one from the Green committee had been given any notice about the imminent removal of the garden.
This sounds vaguely familiar, maybe it’s becoming a Council habit. In 2006, the adjacent Edgeware Pool was destroyed suddenly, in the middle of a discussion on its future.
The St Albans Residents’ Association (SARA) wants better use to be made of the transitional centre at 1047 Colombo Street and is surveying residents’ and past users’ views on the centre.
Christchurch City Council is undertaking a survey in the Flockton Basin area on May 3 about flooding that has beset the area multiple times since the earthquakes. On the same day, the public has also been invited to participate in focus groups on the topic at the Edgeware Bowling Club in Madras Street. Two sessions are planned: 11am – 12.30pm and 2-3.30pm.
A fun ride on Saturday, May 18 along the full length of Colombo Street aims to promote road safety and cycling as an everyday form of transport.
Location: St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St
Time: May 21 from 1pm
Description: Fourth year geography students from the University of Canterbury talk on facilitating better food resilience in St Albans. The students visited the suburb in March and noted the lack of green spaces. Recommended actions from the research may become part of the St Albans Strategy.