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Southern View: May 16, 2017

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4 News Work starts on Woolston urban forest • By Noah Graham Tuesday May 16 2017 WOOLSTON RESIDENTS will get their urban forest this year. Work to transform the Linwood College’s lower fields into a forested wetland began last month and is expected to be completed by September, a city council spokeswoman said. City council is buying the fields, which have not been used by the school since the February 22, 2011, earthquake, from the Ministry of Education and will be part of the Bell’s Creek flood mitigation scheme. Thousands of native flora will be planted on the 2.7ha site which will act as a storage basin, reducing flooding in the surrounding area and is expected to attract native birds back to the Woolston area. Woolston Community Centre co-ordinator Carol Brown said it was great news to hear the project will be completed this year. “I hope it will encourage people to go out and go for walks and meet their neighbours.” She said a lot of people on the east side of the city often felt forgotten but projects like the urban forest helped remedy it. Log truck concerns for Worsleys Rd residents •From page 1 “Worsleys Rd is not in good condition. It’s narrow, windy and hilly – as well as damaged in some places.” Cracroft Residents Association chairman and Worsleys Rd resident John Cousins said he feels for the residents living near the Adventure Park. He too was worried city council would not look after the road properly and was concerned the trucks would cause delays at the controversial Worsleys, Cashmere and Hoon Hay Rds intersection. Latest Christchurch news at www. He said traffic was bad at the intersection and the number of logging trucks using it each day was going to cause more delays. A Worsleys Rd resident, who did not want to be named, said they could understand why some residents were worried city council would not properly maintain the road. However, she said there was not much that could be done to change it and as long as city council fixed the road after the logging had been completed, she had no problems with the trucks. Christchurch Adventure Park .kiwi spokeswoman Anne Newman said she had spoken to residents and there were concerns over truck movements along Worsleys Rd. She said the logging companies were imposing a 20km/h to 30km/h speed limit on their drivers and would ensure there is only one logging truck on the road at any given time. City councillor Phil Clearwater said there will no doubt be some wear and tear that will require repair and the road would need monitoring – which he believed city council would. SOUTHERN VIEW GIFT TO MOTHER NATURE: The TimberNook Christchurch Going Wild kids were some of the 720 volunteers who braved cold weather and helped clean up the Heathcote River and Avon-Heathcote Estuary on Saturday as part of the annual Mother of All Clean Ups. During the day about 725 bags of rubbish were collected along with 250 large loose items which varied from mattresses, televisions to even an unopened bottle of champagne. ​ City council road maintenance manager Mark Pinner said Worsleys Rd is a public road and therefore is able to carry normal (class 1) heavy vehicles such as the log trucks. He said the road was a relatively low volume road apart from the increase in traffic when the Adventure Park was opened. “We will continue to monitor, as we do for all roads, and will undertake repairs, to maintain safety and/or protect the asset, to the same priority that is applied across all our network,” he said. The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy 100% Luxury AccommodAtion Treat yourself and your partner or friends to a Luxury winter “Re Treat” at Sumner Re Treat. Come and enjoy time away from the children and work. Relax in the spa and enjoy a glass of wine with our compliments. Winter Special Rate: 2 people $185 per night, additional people - $35 each per night. Receive the 2nd night half rate. Pay for 1 night and receive one night half price when you book through Chris at Sumner Re Treat. 1 Wakefield Avenue, Sumner 03 326 5443 or 027 273 5555 between 8.30am and 8.30pm WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: www.arbor–

SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 16 2017 5 Park ready in November • By Noah Graham SYDENHAM PARK will be back in use by the end of November. City council head of parks Andrew Rutledge said the park was damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake and repairs were now being done. The Sydenham Rugby Club is excited about the improvements, senior club captain Andrew Lynn said. Andrew Rutledge Mr Lynn said since the repair work began, the team had played their home games on Addington Park and on Hagley Park’s Hospital Corner field. However, Mr Lynn said it had not affected training much because they would usually practice at Hansen Park, Waltham Park and Barrington Park. He said they did not practice at Sydenham Park before the work began because there were no lights and in the winter it would be too dark. Mr Lynn said the players were looking forward to the grounds being completed. PROGRESS: Repair work at Sydenham Park is well under way and will be completed by November 30. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN In Brief COMMUNITY PATROL The Somerfield Residents Association and Spreydon Neighbourhood Network are encouraging people to get involved with the Christchurch South Community Patrol. SRA chairwoman Julie Tobbell said communities helping to monitor their areas could be a good, proactive solution to problems like vandalism in Somerfield and Sydenham. To get involved phone Dave Scott on 021 295 2342. SURVEY FEEDBACK SOUGHT Feedback is being sought from Spreydon and Cashmere residents about what heritage means for their community and its future. The Future of Heritage Survey closes on May 22 and the response and summary of the survey will be reported to the city council’s Social and Community Development Committee in August. Go to ccc. consultations/show/15 or through city council’s Facebook page. POOL NEEDS SUPPORT The Addington Neighbourhood Association is seeking to get a paddling pool in Barrington Park. Chairwoman Sarah McKenzie said other suburbs have easy access to paddling pools and it would be handy to have one in Spreydon. She is seeking support for the idea. Christchurch City Council Strengthening Communities Funding information sessions 2017 If your community organisation needs funding to make projects happen you can make an application to the Strengthening Communities Fund. There have been a number of changes to the application process for 2017 and the funding schemes we offer, including the opportunity to apply for multi-year funding. The Council’s community grant applications are now open. Council staff will be presenting a 15 minute information session followed by individual advice and assistance at the following locations and times. Date Location Session time Thursday 18 May 2017 Coastal/Burwood (Community Boardroom) Corner Beresford and Union Sts 9.30am–10.30am Friday 19 May 2017 South Library (Boardroom) 1pm–2pm Friday 26 May 2017 Christchurch City Council Civic Offices First Floor Function Room 9.30am–10.30am Visit or phone 941 8999 for more information. Bookings are not required. Stores: The Tannery, Woolston | The Colombo, Sydenham