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The Star: April 12, 2018

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The Star Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday April 12 2018 19 Viewpoint Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Red zone plan Overgrown WATER quality and public access to the natural environment are the priorities in the development of a plan for future use of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area. Regenerate Christchurch’s announcement is a demonstration of, and commitment to, bold environmental leadership. The importance of improving water quality has clearly been a key consideration, something that sits very well with our city council’s strategic directions. And it is absolutely what the people of Christchurch said they wanted – 83 per cent of people surveyed by Nielsen last year prioritised groundwater quality and 72 per cent prioritised water quality in rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. The centrepiece is the Green Spine, which means 11km of public walking and biking tracks from the city to the sea, with large areas of ecological restoration, wetlands, community spaces such as barbecue areas, coffee stops and access to the river. Lianne Dalziel I believe the city council will be able to proceed with this element of the proposal sooner rather than later, as there is money on the budget for stopbanks, wetlands and cycleways which can be oriented to this project. I’m sure the public reaction to the decision not to progress the golf course land swap and largescale housing, while allowing adaptable housing to be trialled, will be welcomed, as will the wetlands designed to clean the stormwater before it enters the river. Regenerate Christchurch will be hosting an exhibition and this will be your chance to have a final say before the regeneration plan is submitted for sign off. An announcement on the timing and venue will be made shortly. •If you want to ask Ms Dalziel a question, email mayor@ccc.govt.nz. Put Reader’s Question in the subject line •More columns, page 21 weeds and vegetation on the Christ Church Cathedral site have been described as a “civic disgrace” by city councillor Deon Swiggs (right). Readers respond Lois Gage – I think the Cathedral is a total disgrace, not just the church and the square but to the cenotaph. It has been too long since we have been able to place our poppies and wreaths around the base of the cenotaph. I do know last year a few chosen were permitted to place wreaths on behalf of the citizens and RSA but that was not us. Enough is enough. The damn Cathedral is held together by sufficient bird poo that it is probably able to withstand more earthquakes than my house. If not then put in some containers so we can access our memorial. Peter Banens – You ask whether the Christ Church Cathedral site should be tidied up? Of course, it should. It is a disgrace. A leaf should have been taken out of the Catholic’s book. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament site in Barbadoes St was tidied up soon after the earthquakes seven years ago. The Cathedral in the Square, being left open to the elements for seven years, is now a mess inside and outside. John Samson – It’s a bloody disgrace. Seven years and $850,000 wasted on Regenerate Christchurch reports, delivery costings, ‘engagement’ whatever that is. It’s a laughing stock, tourists must wonder in amazement why it is still in the state it’s in. Pathetic health and safety rules/compliance are a handbrake on common sense. Just get on with it. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Robin W Williams – The derelict Cathedral site is a disgrace to Christchurch, and does not do brand Christchurch Inc any favours in regard to international and national tourism at all. The image presented is that Christchurch city is not open for business so no point visiting and no point any sports fixtures or events going to Christchurch. In other words, Christchurch is irrelevant. Some effort to tidy the surrounding area would create a different image altogether. •More letters, page 28 Copper ridge in halswell 55 brand new home & land packages in the first 2 stages. • Modern, beautiful and affordable homes • Titles expected later this year • Sought after location on Halswell Junction Road • Brand new Primary School scheduled to open early 2019 just across Halswell Junction Road • Close to Southern Motorway for easy access to Christchurch CBD and going South • Everything Halswell has to offer and so much more Show Home 1 Richmond Ave, Halswell 7 days 10am-4pm Copper Ridge Sales Kiosk, Halswell Junction Road. Thu to Mon 2pm-4pm Generation Homes Christchurch www.generation.co.nz Enquiries to Evan Beker, evanb@generation.co.nz | 021 840 088