The Star: May 30, 2019

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The Star Thursday May 30 2019

• By Julia Evans

SIX CONTROVERSIAL lights

proposed for Hagley Oval could

loom over the park at nearly 50m

tall.

The Canterbury Cricket Trust

has outlined plans for six 48.9m

permanent lights around the

oval after it asked Regenerate

Christchurch for help using postquake

legislation to change the

cricket pitch’s resource consent.

By comparison the lights at

Christchurch

Stadium are

44m.

Trust

chairman Lee

Robinson said

the initial plan

was for four

retractable lights

up to 48.9m

Robinson

high when fully extended and

30.9m high when unused. But he

said the “home of cricket,” Lord’s

Cricket Ground in London,

warned against retractable lights.

“Lord’s Cricket Ground,

that currently has retractable/

removable lights, have advised

that they are currently going

through a planning process to

change their lights and they

have strongly recommended this

type of retractable lighting be

avoided,” he said.

“It is accepted in the cricketing

world that fixed lights are

a more appropriate alternative

than retractable lights, as they

more easily meet guidelines and

technical specifications.”

The lights were estimated to

cost $6m to $8m and the trust

would fundraise to cover the cost.

The trust’s board includes

central city landowner

and property developer

Peter Guthrey and former High

Court judge Sir John Hansen.

However, Hands Off Hagley

chairman and group member

Martin Meehan said the height

of the permanent lights would

ruin the “vista” of Hagley Park,

sitting above the treeline.

“It’s all a bit like a duck paddling,

all the action is taking place

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48.9m lights may tower over Hagley

Lee

underwater,” Mr Meehan said.

“It’s one thing after another.”

The Star revealed work needs

to be fast tracked so the city can

be selected to host games in the

2021 ICC Women’s World Cup

later this year.

Lights are necessary for the

ground hosting international

day-night fixtures and broadcast.

But the oval’s current resource

consent also has constraints on

the number of major fixtures,

spectator numbers, traffic and

parking requirements that would

be addressed.

“Hagley Oval cannot host

large international events as it

currently stands and is not fit for

ILLUMINATE: Six

permanent lights

for Hagley Oval

would be 48.9m,

which is taller than

the 44m lights

at Christchurch

Stadium.

purpose for those events it does

host,” Mr Robinson said.

The trust wants to address

issues through changing the

District Plan using section 71 of

the Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Act 2016.

It is heading to the United

Kingdom to lobby potential

sponsors next month.

The purpose of the

Canterbury Cricket Trust’s

trip to the United Kingdom

is to share information with

interested parties, including

potential donors,” Mr Robinson

said. “This is including the intent

to apply for consent for fixed

lighting.”

NEWS 9

Plan to manage

Northern Corridor

traffic may change

• By Julia Evans

CHANGES MAY be on the cards

for the plan to manage traffic

from the Northern Corridor.

The $240m New Zealand

Transport Agency project will

finish on Cranford St when it is

completed mid-next year. It is

expected to increase the traffic

volume through St Albans by 30

per cent.

A $10 to $15 million plan by

the city council to deal with

traffic from the motorway

through to the central city

was met with backlash from

St Albans residents who said it

would divide the suburb and

make the road unsafe. Instead an

alternative plan was developed by

ViaStrada director Axel Wilke,

including bus lanes and express

bus services.

City council staff have

recommended high-occupancy

lanes in a city-bound direction

north of Innes Rd, part of Mr

Wilke’s alternate plan. The

Downstream Effects Management

Plan is set to be approved by the

Linwood-Central-Heathcote

and Papanui-Innes community

boards tomorrow. The report said

the lane may “eventually” be redesignated

as a bus lane.

Mr Wilke was “astonished” but

pleased with the changes at such

a late stage in the planning.


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