It looks like Duncan Webb has taken the Christchurch Central seat (of which St Albans is a large part) but the party vote at the preliminary count was close. We can only wait patiently while the parties negotiate to decide who will actually govern. The elections, the community picnic in Abberley Park and the new buildings at St Albans School are among the items featured in the October/November issue, which you can download to read by clicking the image on the righthand side.
According to statistics on the elections.org.nz website an estimated 79.32 per cent of voters in the Christchurch Central electorate that encompasses St Albans, have registered to vote as at September 17. The percentage is an estimate as the population figures are based on the 2013 census. Enrolment levels are highest amongst those aged 70+, with 95.1 per cent enrolled on the general roll for Christchurch Central. Those aged 35-70 also were highly likely to be enrolled (80%+) but numbers dropped down to a disappointing 53 per cent amongst 18-24 year olds. That age group contributed the largest number of enrolled voters in the Te Tai Tonga (or southern Maori) electorate living in Christchurch with 388 of the 1823 total voters from all age groups already signed up.
Few places have been authorised to offer advanced voting and none of them is in St Albans. The closest place to vote early in the Christchurch Central electorate is at the Central Library in Peterborough St, which you can do between 9am and 6pm until Friday September 17. Voting cards are not needed (they just speed up the process for the election officials) and if you have not already enrolled can do so and vote at the same time. Advanced voting is proving popular with numbers voting early up on 2014. Many people who won’t be in their electorate on voting day (September 23) or who will be working while the polling booths are open, choose to vote early.
The Papanui-Innes Community Board is contesting the reduced amount it is receiving in Christchurch City Council funding to allocate for spending in the community. And they have written to the mayor about the reduction to voice their concerns.
SARA’s AGM on September 10 will feature Robert Fleming, a member of SPOKES who will talk about cycleways (Papanui Parallel in particular), recreational cycling v cycling for transport and the work that SPOKES does to promote cycling. AGM starts at 10am at the St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St. All welcome especially those willing to lend a hand making St Albans the best place in Christchurch to live.
The transitional community centre is soon to transition to a park in Shirley but what will happen to community groups using the community centre in the meantime while the new centre is being built. The residents association (SARA) and the tennis club in Dover St have come up with a possible solution that is a win-win for both groups. If you have regrets about that tattoo you got when you were a teenager and want it removed you might be interested to know there is a place in Springfield Rd that will help you do just that. Find out more in the June/July edition of St Albans News. Click on the image to download.
The Packe St Park and Community Garden will be doing a bit of strategic planning at the AGM, so if you are interested in the future of the 21 year old community garden, attend the meeting which is being held at the St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo St on Sunday, March 12 starting at 5.30pm. Supper provided. Parking is a bit tricky on Colombo St with the cycleway being installed but the centre has a car park accessible from Caledonian Rd and of course there is plenty of parking in that street as well.
The Friends of Abberley Park group has been set up to make sure St Albans residents and other users of the park’s interests are taken into account in any planning moves and changes by the park’s owner, the Christchurch City Council. The Friends’ next meeting is at Abberley Park Hall on March 30 at 6pm.