December St Albans News: no decision on road lane use

Why did a cul de sac appear where Forfar St crosses Warrington St and will streets like Francis Ave face increased traffic instead? Cones may be gone from Cranford St. The saga of Cranford St has had many twists and turns, including one about the use of the extra lane between Innes Rd and Berwick St made after St Albans News went to print in late November, rendering the News out of date before it was delivered, so you’ll need to read the posting about the December 17 opening for an update.Some ideas for stay at home holidays (in St Albans) completes a Christmas feature. But before we get to Christmas find out what was going on in Abberley Park on the last day of October. Click on the image to the right to read the latest St Albans News.

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More stories from St Albans News

A century ago, Christchurch and New Zealand were being washed over with waves of a pandemic that went on to claim 9000 lives. Early scout troops were there delivering food baskets. Writer Kevin White has written a book about the man who brought scouts to New Zealand – David Cossgrove lived in St Albans. We say farewell to one of the previous owners of Bailies, responsible for relocating the popular inner city bar to St Albans after the quakes. On the final leg of his journey, Grandad goes in search of the source of St Albans Creek and finds it across the other side of Papanui Rd. To read these stories from the October/November issue of St Albans click on the image to the right.

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Election Special – St Albans News

elections2020 In this special issue, meet the candidates standing for election in Christchurch Central and also New Zealand’s geographically largest electorate Te Tai Tonga, which covers the whole of the South Island and a bit more besides, for those on the Māori roll. Then there are referendums on End of Life (assisted dying) and cannabis control -find out what candidates think. The issue finishes with a brief look at the by-election candidates standing for the central Christchurch community board – the central ward reaches as far as Canon St and the eastern end of Edgeware Rd. Click on the image to the right and download the special issue and dip into it to find the candidate who best aligns with your own values.

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It’s all go in St Albans – August News out now

We feature the partly-built St Albans Community Centre on the front page of the August/September issue of St Albans News.It now has a roof and walls and the St Albans Residents Association, which managed the old centre for more than 17 years experience running a community centre will be doing it again from February 2021. St Albans is a hive of activity: the St Albans Skatepark is about to expand (in October). A former nurse at Calvary Hospital remembers times past and SARA celebrates St Albans Day with a picnic in the park. The road works have ramped up, apparently to get it all finished ASAP but it’s like living in a maze where we are marshalled with orange cones and no right hand turn signs, facing long trips to move from one part of the suburb to another. Walk to hospo outlets like Ristretto Cafe in Barbadoes St opposite St Albans Park, who have lost their street parking and are doing it tough, and enjoy a proper coffee.

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All the latest in St Albans News

We’ve come a long way in eight weeks – from CoVid19 Level 4 lockdown to Level 3 takeaways to Level 2 bars reopening. Level 1 with even more freedom looks likely before the middle of June. Life’s getting a little easier but we aren’t out of the woods yet. The June/July edition of StAN gathers some of the signs of the times we probably won’t remember in a generation’s time and we take a (virtual) walk with Grandad under Level 3. The Northern Corridor looks is now due to open in January, not because of a delay but so the new express bus services from Kaiapoi and Rangiora can open at the same time and help reduce the number of cars carrying only one passenger heading through St Albans. The CNC is on track for completion in December. There’s just so much going on with the roads in St Albans, where do we start – ah, let’s start with some of the intersections in Cranford St.

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Special issue of St Albans News: Covid19

Special issueLooking forward to a takeaway flat white or a mouthwatering burger? After five weeks in lockdown shackles have been loosened slightly in the battle against the coronavirus so you can pick one up, at a distance. This special issue of St Albans News is devoted entirely to Covid 19. Lots of photos of Anzac Day poppies and teddy bears decorating St Albans front lawns. We are still meant to stay home but we can go out for exercise. Walls closing in at home? Head out with your bubble mates on the self-guided Great St Albans Treasure Hunt, created for your edification by Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb.

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St Albans News goes digital under lockdown



Well, well we are now living in lockdown in the shadow of CoVid, that nasty virus that is turning the world as we know it upside down. Unfortunately, our printer wasn’t deemed “essential” so we couldn’t get St Albans News April/May edition printed. So this is it. Share widely with friends and neighbours. Print it if you like on a home printer. We did save some space for stories about other things going on in St Albans. The motorway extension responsible for bringing more traffic into St Albans in future won’t open till at least December. Intrepid grandad goes in search of the source of St Albans Creek with two sidekicks. Plus lots more. Click the image to the right to download the pdf.

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First issue of St Albans News for 2020 now on file


Nearly 10 years after the first quake put the old community centre out of action, work has finally started on its permanent replacement. The whole of St Albans will pretty much be a construction site for the next six months with the roadworks preparing to funnel traffic off the motorway through St Albans to the inner city.Some of that work it is hoped will slow traffic down and make it safer for residents. Abberley Park is marking 80 years as a heritage park with a picnic in February. There’s a warning to check onsold houses with inadequately repaired quake damage and we learn more about a children’s book with a watery setting written by a local author. Plus lots more. Click the image to the right to download the pdf.

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Christmas edition St Albans News

coverWe are about to enter the Twenties, but before we get there, here’s the last edition of St Albans News for the 2010s. It includes a small Christmas section, major changes for the residents association, council giving the green light to stage 1 of the downstream roadworks enabling motorway traffic to head through St Albans (hopefully not too many cars through side streets) into the city and news about a petition to Parliament to reduce the use of plastic in supermarkets. We managed to fit a few other items of interest in there as well. Click the image to the right to download the pdf.

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Bumper election issue St Albans News


So many people want to represent citizens in St Albans, the October/November issue is full to the brim and overflowing. The bumper election issue contains snapshots of candidates for the Mayor, Council and several community wards (eg: Central, Innes, Fendalton, Papanui) and, at 24 pages, our largest ever edition. A joint board meeting to hear oral submissions and discuss possible road plan changes had to be adjourned in the middle of question time (since resumed and concluded). We managed to fit a few other items of interest in there as well. Click the image to the right to download the pdf.

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Link to motorway fully open from December 17

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.

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A note or two about the election issue

We took a risk sending the election issue to the printer a couple of days before the nominations for candidates closed and one new candidate has joined the Christchurch Central electorate ballet, someone called Laurie Hayden who, in a field full of party representatives, describes themselves as independent. The Mana party also seems to have disappeared off the ballot.

Matiu Thoms is now contesting the Te Tai Tonga electorate for AdvanceNZ (which merged with the Public Party) while Raymond Tuhaka is standing for the New Conservatives.

In the pressure to get this issue finished, an error was made on page 11 and not picked up in time: there is a reference to David Farrier, it was in fact David Farrar who wrote the article published in Spinoff on September 14 (here is a shortcut to that page https://bit.ly/3hP2LQG) and apologies to both of those individuals for getting them mixed up and anyone inconvenienced. Even though our own fact checking could have been better in this instance, it’s worth a read if you want to see what happens when populism and a patchwork of unscientific ideas about how the world works converge and get a new party noticed. Do take care because there are lot of conspiracy theories out there. Disinformation is only getting worse, so use those votes wisely.

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Time to spring clean the garden

Now is the time for a good winter clean up as spring approaches. This includes tidying up all those dead leaves and stray weeds that can harbour fungal spores and other nasties that will quickly overtake plants if left unchecked now. Continue reading

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