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.
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.
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