The new St Albans Community Centre is finally open. Ten and a half years ago the first big quake made the 90 year old brick building a no go area. Corrections plans for a prison rehab centre in Bristol St are causing anxiety amongst nearby residents who are fearful of the consequences of 16 violent men living in a built-up urban area. Meanwhile residents of Flockton St want street traffic plans reviewed as, following the northern arterial opening, rat-running traffic has shifted to streets parallel with Cranford St that have not been graced with a cul de sac. Click on the image to the right to download.
Are you concerned about housing developments in St Albans – come to a public meeting at the St Albans Community Centre at 7pm on April 20 and find out more. Hear what our MP Duncan Webb has to say about this and ask questions.
There is a housing crisis with not enough houses available to purchase. The government is serious about getting more houses built but will this come with no restraints on poor design and compromised amenity?
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development is in the process of being implemented. The Government has signalled that the Resource Management Act will be replaced.
The scope of legislation about housing intensification has alarmed some people. Concerns have been raised that there will be no consultation and no one to complain to.
What does this mean for communities such as St Albans zoned for higher density development?
For those who would like information in their first language or know someone with limited English who could benefit.
Latest on Cranford St road saga: The Christchurch Northern Corridor will be opening from December 17 (with a partial opening from November 30) without a definite decision being made on the future use of the lane in the section between Innes Rd and Berwick St. The Christchurch City Council meeting decided on a three month bus trial but that will not start till next February. Councillors were told by council staff they could not make decisions about the future use of the extra lane in Cranford St because a Resource Management Act/Environment Court requirement effectively took precedence over local government powers. The new express bus service from Rangiora and Kaiapoi won’t be starting till January 11, which is after the CNC (Christchurch Northern Corridor) link to the northern motorway opens. More traffic will pour down Cranford St from December 17 but council staff say it might not be as bad as anticipated as commuters begin to take their annual leave. Note: St Albans News December issue went to press before this latest twist and turn in the Cranford St saga.