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The Star: May 18, 2017


*Model ASTG14LUCB installed back to back, up to three metre pipe run and electrical supply within 6 metres. * Conditions apply. Normal lending criteria, booking fee and annual account fee applies. Limited stock. 12 Thursday May 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Hospital car parking Last week The Star asked whether part of Hagley Park should be sealed for a temporary Christchurch Hospital car park. Here is what city leaders, readers and the public had to say Your local paper - keeping our future generations informed HOSPITAL CAR PARKING CRISIS Megan Woods - Labour Canterbury Issues spokeswoman: “Controversy usually causes delay, so there is no point embarking on a proposal when all the signals you’re receiving are that you‘re going to get bogged down in a huge public debate. Let’s instead be pragmatic about this and think about solutions that will fix the problem without causing a big argument. Martin Meehan – Hands Off Hagley spokesman: This is temporary and for the greater good so I wouldn’t be out there with placards. Logic would say yes, it’s an ideal spot to use, but you have to say for goodness sake where is the planning around parking? This should never have been allowed to happen. Anna Crighton – health board member: I would approve of it with conditions: That there would be no permanent asphalting, that it was a set, finite period, and with security. I do understand that Hagley Park is sacrosanct, but there are times when adversity kicks in and it is needed, so long as it is temporary and reversible. Could Hagley Park be the solution? • By Gabrielle Stuart THE SOLUTION to Christchurch Hospital’s car parking crisis could be Hagley Park. The Star has learned, turning an area of Hospital Corner across the road from the hospital is a possibility and has been discussed informally by the Canterbury District Health Board. The parking situation at the hospital is in chaos, brought on by the central city rebuild and ongoing road works which take more off-street parking. Health board member Jo Kane said more parking was urgently needed. Hagley Park was an ideal location. She said the health board had discussed it informally but had not Fujitsu HOt Heat Pump HOt Deal at a HOt HOt Price taken it further. “The only issue was it would leave us with nowhere to land the rescue helicopters,” she said. The CDHB has set aside land on Antigua St for a parking building, but it cannot be cleared until hospital services there can be moved to new buildings. That is set to take about three years. CDHB chief executive David Meates Conditions apply* Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our NEW re-oiling service. 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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 18 2017 13 Facts about Hagley Park Duncan Webb - Labour Christchurch Central candidate: There is merit in considering it. If this is the best option for the next three years let’s not be precious about it, but let’s also ask what other sites in the area are not going to be used for the next three years, because I believe there are a few. Deon Swiggs - Christchurch Central Ward city councillor: In principal I’m not against but I’m not for it as a knee-jerk reaction. My biggest gripe is that we just spent $1.2 million upgrading it. [Mr Meates] could have come and asked us, and options were available. If we’d had that conversation before we spent all this money on redoing the grounds, the conversation could have been different. Simon Templeton - Age Concern chief executive: The park and ride is really good service but it isn’t usable for people who have even just moderate mobility issues, so a solution is needed for the short, medium and long term. There were strong opinions both ways even just around the office this morning, but that’s no reason to avoid a debate. Christin Watson - NZ Nurses Organisation Christchurch organiser: We don’t think it needs to be considered, because there’s plenty of land around that could be used for something like a park and ride scheme. We see more medium to longer term options being needed, because it’s going to take a long time to get a parking building built. Trish Adams - CDHB Consumer Council chairwoman: “The fields on the corner were recently regrassed and it’s looking superb so it would be a shame to dig it up, but I think in amongst the trees would be an imminently suitable location, and it would be away from the playing fields and the area used for the rescue helicopter. Yani Johanson - city councillor: Council has spent a considerable amount of money repairing and upgrading the sports fields on the Hospital Corner, so I don’t think people would be keen to see that money wasted for a temporary car park. Any money spent is better going into the permanent solution. •More reaction, pages 14 and 15 •Why hasn’t a permanent parking building been built? Land has been set aside for a hospital parking building on Antigua St. But the site is used for services like the hospital boilers, so it cannot be cleared until they can be moved to new buildings. That is set to take about three years. •Who is responsible for building it? The Ministry of Health appointed Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group. The CDHB does not get any funding for car parking, and the money it has already spent on services like the Park and Ride has had to come out of it’s budgets for health services. •Is using Hagley Park for parking legal? The Christchurch City Reserves Empowering Act 1971 classes Hagley park a “Reserve for recreation purposes”. It has a section specifically about parking, where it says the city council shall not “appropriate any part of Hagley Park for parking places for vehicles” without the consent of the Minister of Conservation. But a spokeswoman for Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry said that would not apply because it would be “classed as a temporary use and as such would not need the minister’s consent.” Hagley Park has been temporarily used for other things before, including for hospital parking after the February 22, 2011, earthquake, and to commercially grow potatoes during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The besT place To look aT new flooring is... your place For the best range of carpet, vinyl, timber & tile; call The Flooring Centre’s Mobile Showroom and let us come to you. Lisa Daly Call Lisa NOW on the Mobile Showroom Hotline Ph: 3415 749 to arrange a Free Consultation and Free Measure & Quote