6 Tuesday February272018 News Feedback sought on Linwood Woolston Pool •From page 1 The city council has allocated about $21.6 million in its Long Term Plan for the facility and outlined its preferred location as the nursery site at Linwood Park, near the corner of Linwood Ave and Smith St. “This location meets all our criteria, which makes it a standout option for the community. Currently this section of Linwood Park is an old nursery that is no longer used and has good quality land that is already owned by the city council,” the report said. Another benefit of the Linwood Park site is its proximity to Eastgate Shopping Centre. There is also a major cycleway next to the site and room for the facility to grow. Further possible locations include Woolston Park, 180 Smith St, the Linwood Service Centre, an alternative location on Linwood Park and Bromley Park. Construction of the pool is not expected to start until the end of next year and be completed in 2021. “Once this round of engagement has closed . . . a recommendation on where it should be built will be made to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board. At this stage, we expect that they will decide on a site mid-2018,” the consultation document said. There will be a second round of consultation regarding the facility’s concept design. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you want to see in the development of the new Linwood Woolston Pool? What’s your preferred location? Email your views to julia.evans@starmedia. kiwi NATIVE FISH, including eels and whitebait, are being rescued from the Linwood Canal to ensure their survival while a new cycleway is built. Work on the second stage of the Rapanui - Shag Rock Cycleway along Linwood Ave between Linwood Park and Dyers Rd started in early January. A cofferdam – an enclosure built in the water to create a dry work environment for construction – is being built in the Linwood Canal to widen the shoulder of Linwood Ave. Water will be drained from the cofferdam leaving resident fish – likely including eels, inanga (whitebait) and common bullies – marooned if they’re not removed first. WPS Opus Ecologist Annabelle Coates, who is carrying out the rescue mission for the city council, is unsure how many fish she will find: “We’re not expecting huge numbers because traditionally the Linwood Canal hasn’t been that diverse, however, we could be surprised by the numbers and species as that has been known to happen at other locations.” She is hopeful there could be some endangered long-finned eels living in the canal. Ms Coates will use fyke nets to catch as many fish in the cofferdam as possible before collecting the rest using an electric fishing machine that attracts and then stuns the fish. She’ll remove them from the water in a net before releasing them in the main part of the canal. The process does not harm the fish and is deliberately being carried out outside of spawning season. The ecologist will also be on hand when water is drained from the cofferdam in case there are any fish left behind. “The council has an obligation to protect native fish and to maintain fish passage so this has to be done and it’s an easy thing to do to save them,” she says. Council city services project manager Adrian Thein said fish conservation is a condition of resource consent and an important part of minimising the impact of cycleway work on the local environment and ecology. “Native fish and their spawning habitats are legally protected so we have to take care not to harm them when doing essential work around waterways. We’re always happy to do our bit to make sure the local flora and fauna is preserved.” Last year about 26 shortfin eels were removed from a Woolston drain using a similar electric Local News Now Canal fish moving for cycleway • By Sarla Donovan THE ANNUAL festival known as Seaweek gets under way this Saturday. Key events in the harbour area include a clean-up, coastal bike ride and kids art workshop. A Lyttelton Harbour clean-up and barbecue on March 9 coincides with the launch of the Healthy Harbour plan – a new initiative to address water quality and environmental problems in the area. Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Take sensible shoes and gardening gloves and meet at any one of three locations at 4.30pm – Naval Point, the Governors Bay community centre or the Diamond Harbour community centre. The following day, Redcliffs artist Robyn Webster (right) hosts a two-hour creative workshop for nine to 13-year-olds at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre. It will involve printing shapes based on the animals and plants living in the Avon- Heathcote Estuary and costs $20. And on March 11 people of all ages are encouraged to saddle up at 10.30am and ride out on the coastal pathway, starting at Ferrymead and finishing in Sumner. University of Canterbury SOUTHERN VIEW Fire rages, homes at risk FISHY: Ecologists Annabelle Coates and Eloise Taylforth relocate eels from the Linwood Canal. fishing method to make way for the development of the Te Oranga Waikura Urban Forest and Stormwater Basin in Linwood. The second stage of the Rapanui Shag Rock Cycleway project is due for completion in September and the main contractor for the project is Fulton Hogan. When the route is complete it will connect the central city and Sumner via the Christchurch Coastal Pathway and Linwood. The central city end of the route between Fitzgerald Ave and Linwood Park opened in December. Get to know our oceans through Seaweek Marine Biologist Professor Islay Marsden is giving a feature talk on bird life in the estuary and there will be spot prizes to be won. Seaweek was first held in 1992 and encourages Kiwis to better know the habitats, characteristics and inhabitants of their oceans and seas. •For more information or to book any Seaweek activities, contact jocelyn.papprill@ ecan.govt.nz Dyers Road Landscape & Garden Supplies • Barks • Peastraw • Composts - we supply the best available • Aggregates - Chip, Round and Basecourse • Pavers & Schist products • Pungas • Decorative Stones & Landscaping Rocks • Trailer Hire first hour free with purchase • Bag & Bulk - pick up or delivered David, Carol & Mike We will deliver! SOIL AND HARDFILL DUMPING Phone: 03 384 6540 183 Dyers Rd, Bromley • OPEN 7 DAYS Weekdays 7.30am-5pm. 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SOUTHERN VIEW Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday February272018 7 News NEW: The Spreydon Fire Station is part of the $50 million Greater Christchurch Rebuild programme. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY Spreydon’s new $5m fire station opened THE FIRST permanently staffed fire station to be built since the February 22, 2011, earthquake has been opened in Spreydon. Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin opened the $5 million Spreydon Fire Station on Saturday. It is the first permanently staffed station to be completed as part of the $50 million Greater Christchurch Rebuild programme. The programme will see Christchurch’s network of 12 fire stations renewed, repaired, or rebuilt following the February 22, 2011, earthquake. The Simeon St station follows several volunteer stations that have already been completed including Rangiora, Lyttelton, and Southbridge. It has two appliance bays and accommodation for six firefighters. Other features include a gymnasium, decontamination wash and storage facilities, a vehicle fume management system, and a meeting room designed for community interaction. Built on top of a 2m deep geo- MILESTONE: Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin (above) opening the Spreydon Fire Station. Mayor Lianne Dalziel spoke at the ceremony. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY technical designed gravel raft, the timber and steel station has been designed to meet current seismic code requirements. A public open day was also held at the station on Saturday, the same day it was opened. Report looks at stretch of river ‘left to ruins’ • By Bridget Rutherford BROKEN footpaths, overgrown vegetation and seats covered in graffiti along part of the Heathcote River have prompted an urgent report into poor maintenance. City councillor Yani Johanson said there had been a “complete lack of maintenance” along a stretch of the river from Opawa Rd to the estuary. “It’s everything. The rubbish bins are broken, the vegetation has grown over the rubbish bins, the seats are covered in graffiti and scratched, and the footpath is broken in some places,” he said. “It’s just been left to ruins.” Cr Johanson, supported by the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board, has requested an urgent report on the maintenance levels along that stretch of the river. The report is expected to come back next month. Cr Johanson said parts of • By Sarla Donovan FIVE PARKING spaces will be now retained after criticism of changes to bus stops and parking in central Lyttelton. As part of a proposal in October last year, the city council wanted to remove five parking spaces on Oxford St near the Winchester St intersection, to improve sight lines for pedestrians using the crossing – which it intends to make permanent. But after public opposition to the resulting loss of onstreet parking, the city council proposed an alternative crossing design which gives less sight distance, but still meets minimum design guidelines. The alternative design would result in safety improvements while retaining some on-street Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Woolston, especially around Radley St, had been particularly problematic. “In my view there’s a complete lack of maintenance.” Cr Johanson said it was a lovely part of the city, but it was not being looked after as it should be. At its recent meeting, the board also asked that a master plan for the area be developed, like there was for other sections of the river. It would give guidance for the long term management and enhancement of the lower part of the river. It also requested information on what landscaping would take place after the dredging of the Woolston Cut had finished. Meanwhile, the city council will decide at its meeting on Thursday whether to fast track the first stage of a dredging project along the river in a bid to reduce the flood risk. Parking spaces to be retained parking, according to a city council report on the issue. It said a school safety zone is in operation in the area, so speeds will be lower at times when the crossing is getting high use. The Banks Peninsula Community Board has supported the alternative design, which will be implemented this year. The other changes include two existing bus stops on Winchester and Oxford Sts being replaced by one, located about 50m further north along Oxford St; a new bus stop seat; extending current time-restricted p3 and p120 parking outside Lyttelton Primary School and extending the no-stopping area on Oxford St north of London St. Work is programmed for April/May and will cost about $60,000.