Developers are moving into St Albans and changing the face of the suburb, aided by a city council plan developed after the earthquakes to encourage medium density housing. The look of the buildings and the increased pressures they are putting on the environment is angering nearby residents and there are likely to be more of these. We look in on two neighbours impacted by two developments. All this and more in the February/March issue. Click on the image to the right to read the latest St Albans News.
We 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.
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.