Motorway traffic hot topic in St Albans News

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.

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Celebrating SARA and STANN

SARA’s Christmas party on November 25 is also a time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first issue of St Albans Neighbourhood News in December 1993. It is also 20 years since SARA opened the St Albans Community Resource Centre at 1047 Colombo St (October 19 1998) (residents association). A key part of the centre was the computer room operated by St Albans NeighbourNet, run by volunteers with the aim of helping people with computers and internet access. The community centre is currently operating from the St Albans Tennis Club premises in Dover St.

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Christmas comes early with St Albans News

News for December/January
St Albans News can date its history back to December 1993 when some community-minded individuals decided it would be a good idea to produce a newsletter for Christchurch’s largest suburb.The replacement community centre inches closer with a decision on the floor plan by the Papanui Innes Board and Spanish flu, which peaked the same month WWI came to an end in November 1918 feature in the December/January issue of St Albans News. We also have a centre page feature we have put together for Christmas featuring a recipe for meringues. Download the December 2018/January 2019 issue by clicking the cover image.

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Full text for letter in a bottle

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.

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October/November St Albans News ready to read now

News for October/November
Find out what was in the time capsule rescued from the old community centre after the quakes. It was hidden behind the foundation stone. The new co-ordinator for Packe St park talks sustainability, resilience and more in the October/November issue of St Albans News. Download by clicking the image to the right.

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Street calming measures for downstream streets

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).…/2…/July/4.-Traffic-calming-options.pdf.

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e-Cigarette bill in ballot for attention

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.
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Tribunal to speed up quake claims

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.
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New blood sought for the Residents Association committee

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. Continue reading

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Download St Albans News for August/September 2018

A petition has been organised by Warrington and Berwick St residents now it has become clear City Council staff want increasing amounts of traffic to go down their street to three-laned Barbadoes and Madras Sts, creating clearways, reducing parking and possibly creating more problems than it is meant to solve. Drainage is being fixed in some parts of St Albans while new problems are coming to the surface in others. The butterfly colony in Abberley Park is under threat from rats. Sixteen pages jammed full of news and views about St Albans. The printed version is being delivered to St Albans letterboxes over the next week by our band of volunteers. Also available in selected Edgeware Village shops. You can also download a digital copy – click on the image to the right.

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Access St Albans News for June/July 2018

How the new motorway will affect streets in St Albans downstream of Innes Rd is the main focus in the June/July issue of St Albans News – the city council wants feedback. Lots has been going on in St Albans these past two months and we tried to fit most of it in 16 pages. Find out about a special event being held on June 21, the eve of St Albans Day (which also happens to be the southern hemisphere’s winter solstice) and lots more besides.The printed version is being delivered to St Albans letterboxes over the next week by our band of volunteers. Also available in selected Edgeware Village shops. Alternatively, download a digital copy by clicking on the image to the left.

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