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Bay Harbour: September 12, 2018

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PAGE 4 Wednesday September 12 2018 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News •From page 1 Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board deputy chairman Jake McLellan would not comment on Dr Latham’s conduct, but did support resolving the issues with the HFHMA policy. “We support that there’s a problem here and it needs to get looked in to,” Mr McLellan said. Dr Latham’s fellow board member Tim Lindley said he would rather not comment on the code of conduct complaint against Dr Latham. He said going to the media was not “something I would do myself” and wanted to see the HFHMA policy looked at through normal “community board and council processes.” Heathcote Ward councillor Sara Templeton said she did not feel comfortable commenting on the disciplinary process but agreed the HFHMA policy did need to be looked at. “It’s clearly a part of the District Plan that needs to be clarified and I know there are processes under way to do that.” Linwood Ward councillor Yani Johanson also would not comment on his fellow board member’s code of conduct complaint, but would present a notice of motion to reinstate the enabling clause at tomorrow’s city council meeting. “The key thing is to get this issue resolved.” Central Ward councillor Deon Swiggs said he supported getting issues with the HFHMA policy “dealt with” but would not comment on Dr Latham’s stand or subsequent code of conduct complaint. The Bay Harbour News also approached Linwood-Central- Heathcote Community Board chairwoman Sally Buck and members Alexandra Davids and Brenda Lowe-Johnson for comment, but they did not meet the deadline. Dr Latham would not comment if he wished his fellow board members had made a stand as well and said he could not speak for them, only his own actions. Latham is resolute: ‘My conscience CLAUSE: Coastal Ward city councillor David East (centre rear) at last week’s city council meeting with councillors Anne Galloway, Jamie Gough and Sara Templeton (right). “I took actions that I would expect an elected representative to do for me,” Dr Latham said. While the Redcliffs Residents’ Association supported getting the enabling clause reinstated, secretary Pat McIntosh said they did not yet have a stance on Dr Latham’s conduct. Dr McIntosh said they would likely discuss the issue at their October meeting. “We’d originally wanted to support the reconsideration of putting the clause back into the District Plan as we believe it belongs in there.” Meanwhile, Cr East was receiving a flood of support in response to the disciplinary action being taken against him, which could see him asked to resign as a city councillor. Christchurch Coastal Residents United deputy chairman Warwick Schaffer said the group was “absolutely backing David.” Mr Schaffer said the city council should focus on issues around the HFHMA policy rather than Cr East’s conduct. He said it felt like “they’re shooting the messenger.” As for the councillors from the other wards affected by the policy, he said it would be good if they would “stand up” and request the policy be looked into. Cr East also said he has “no axe to grind’’ with the lack of support from his fellow city councillors as they been told not to comment. 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Wednesday September 12 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi BAY HARBOUR Local News Now PAGE 5 Fire rages, homes at risk is clean’ Cr East said he would be “more than happy to unreservedly apologise” if it transpired he was wrong and had been “led up the garden path.” Port Hills list MP Nuk Korako said it was an appalling move for Ms Dalziel to stand down Cr East for “representing his constituents’ concerns.” “The mayor needs to explain why she has decided to side with officers of the city council rather than someone who is elected to represent his area.” Mr Korako said the people who voted at elections expected representatives to take stands on their behalf. Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson said concerns around the HFHMA policy needed to be addressed but would not comment on the disciplinary action. Ms Dyson said the “truncated process” required by the previous Government had led to a lack of public involvement and “added to the tension and uncertainty.” “My focus will be on the implications for people of the policy and what better options could be pursued. I will work with our community board and councillors to progress the discussion.” What the stand is about • By Matt Salmons THE CALL by Darrell Latham, and others, for an independent inquiry into alleged District Plan tampering relates to how that has affected coastal property owners. In question is the way sites in a ‘restricted unit overlay’ within the High Flood Hazard Management Area are treated by city council planners. Christchurch Coastal Residents United say a restricted discretionary activity rule recommended by the Replacement District Plan independent hearings panel – and meant to govern sites within the RUO – was left out when the plan was implemented last year. The restricted unit overlay comprises 1486 residential zoned sites within the HFHMA which are only at risk from future sea level rise – not river or tidal flooding. Property owners within the restricted unit overlay have been facing difficulty getting resource and/or building consent because without the discretionary rule, under the District Plan the sites are treated the same as any others within the HFHMA, whereby “new developments or intensification of land uses . . . are to be avoided.” That discretionary rule is what has been referred to as the enabling clause. • By Matt Salmons INSTALLATION OF The replacement Moncks Bay slipway was under way yesterday after being delayed by longer than expected concrete curing times. City council contractors were on site on Monday and yesterday to prepare the area and install the new concrete slipway. The slipway is a replacement for a failed $16,000 experimental fibreglass design installed by the city council last year to save money. That turned out to be too short, creating a lip where BIG LIFT: City council contractors working to install the new slipway yesterday. Slipway replacement under way at Moncks Bay the panels connected to the concrete. While it failed, the fibreglass design would have been cheaper to renew. At 8m wide and 4.7m long, there will be no sudden, steep drop off on the new slipway. The bottom has a bull nose feature which will elevate it about 50cm above the sea floor. Long curing times needed to ensure the concrete was ready to be installed delayed its fitting from the expected June date. Located beside the Christchurch Yacht Club, the new slipway would be ready for the beginning of sailing season and club open day later this month. HEATHCOTE Nest or Invest in the Valley! 2 1 1 1/15 Warner Place, Heathcote Open Homes: Wednesday 12th Sept 2-2.30pm Sunday 16th Sept 3-3.30pm Deadline Sale Closing 2pm Wednesday 19th September (unless sold prior) Rosamund McDonald Raywhite Cashmere Mobile: 021 0265 6149 DDI: 03 390 1214 nextsteprealty.co.nz Next Step Realty Limited Licensed (REAA 2008) NOW OPENS SATURDAY SEPT 1 OPEN FERRYMEAD 24/7 FULLY AUTOMATIC & SELF SERVICE VEHICLE WASH 1005 Ferry Road Ferrymead Adjacent to Mitre 10 Mega