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Pegasus Post: September 13, 2016

Pegasus Post: September 13,

Land size Land Land size Bedroom Bedroom size Garage Garage Garage Carport Carport Bedroom Bathroom Bathroom Bathroom Lounge Lounge Lounge Carport Car pad Car pad Car pad Boat pad Boat pad Boat pad Dining Dining Land size Toilet Garage Bedroom Shower Stu Shower Carport Pool Tennis court 1 Pool 2 Tennis 3 court 4 Pool Tennis court 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 FREE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2016 Pegasus DAVID EAST Re-Elect 379 7100 Post Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Coastal ward East for the East Linwood, Avonside, Richmond, Shirley, Burwood, Dallington, Wainoni, Bromley, Aranui, Avondale, Bexley, New Brighton, Northshore, Queenspark, Parklands, South Brighton EVENT: The city council’s delay in finding a contractor for the pier repairs has seen support to delay them further until after summer so spectators can watch the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships in March from the pier. ​ Call to delay repairs till after big surf carnival Nikki Griffin • By Fraser Walker-Pearce CALLS ARE being made to delay the start of repairs to the pier until after a major surf life saving carnival in March. Repairs were due to begin this month. But the city council has not appointed a contractor and it is likely work will not begin until late summer. Now key people in the community are calling for the start of the work to be postponed until after the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships on March 17 to 19 at New Brighton. In April, the Pegasus Post reported that up to $11 million of repairs were needed to strengthen the columns after the damage it sustained in the Valentine’s Day earthquake. City councillor David East said he wanted work to begin quickly on the proviso that events could still occur. If not, he wanted it delayed until after the championships. Bin Inn owner Nikki Griffin said she agreed with Cr East that it made more sense to wait until after this summer. “It’s not rocket science to wait until after summer. The event was great last time, people could watch on top of the pier and get a better view,” she said. New Brighton Surf Life Saving vice-president Matt Nash said the event brought in thousands of spectators and a cash injection to the suburb. Leaving the pier open would help the event. “Going back 15 or so years when they were last held here, the pier was a real point of difference from others [competitions],” he said. City council general manager for city services David Adamson said it will try to work where it could for event access, but until a contractor was selected it would not know the repair methodology. The New Brighton Christchurch Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular was in doubt when the repairs were announced earlier this year, but in June, the city council said they would still go ahead and it would work around it. Ms Griffin said the closure of the pier may not affect business, because people may still visit to check out the repairs. Strategic Urban Rejuvenation Force spokeswoman Lesley Fulton said from the beginning she wanted the repairs to begin after summer and supported waiting until after the event. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Would you rather the repairs get under way as soon as possible, or be held off until after the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships in March? Share your thoughts. Email fraser. walker@starmedia.kiwi 850m 4 2 1 2.5 850m 4 850m 4 2 1 850m 4 2 1 2.5 2.5