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April-May edition of the St Albans News

Thursday, April 04, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, transport

Latest edition of the St Albans News

Why should cars dominate this city? Traffic planner Axel Wilke thinks we should be investing in more public transport. Can the plan (DEMP) protest group gains traction and we take a trip into the past at St Albans Park as it reopens again after the completion of drainage work. All this and more in the April/May edition of St Albans News.

Download a PDF of the April/May edition of the St Albans News

Make your views known on traffic plans for St Albans

By Cr Pauline Cotter, Innes Ward

By now you should have seen the information booklet on options, stages and priorities for the Northern Corrider downstream effects, providing you with the four drop in sessions to be held in St Albans on the 20th, the 25th, the 26th of March or the 4th of April 2019. Your feedback is valuable and important.
Visit the CCC Have your say webpage to submit your feedback

This project is the most long standing and controversial issue St Albans has ever had imposed on it, and emotion is understandably running high because this is something the community has strongly resisted for decades. Please make you views known; what you strongly oppose, what you support, any other ideas you have.

As the City Councillor for Innes I am aware of conversations in the community reflecting strong support for options like park and ride/cycle facilities, High occupancy vehicle lanes, traffic calming for vulnerable residential streets, slow zones, safety measures for pedestrian and cyclists, and protection for local businesses . These are all align with the Governments’ Global Policy Statement for Transport, will also contribute positively to our Climate change goals , and should be considered in that context.

I am aware too of concerns that traffic diversion away from Edgeware Village could have adverse effects on businesses, concerns around any proposed parking losses, effects on other local business areas, noise, emmissions, rat running.

I am also hearing that some residents would like to see nothing, or minimum treatment, with the idea that if its hard for the cars to get through then people will be more inclined to use Public Transport, park and ride or other alternatives.

So please continue to engage on this complex issue by making a submission by 15th April 2019. There will be an opportunity for you to speak to a combined meeting of the Papanui /Innes and Linwood/Central/Heathcote Community Boards.

The final decision will be made by the full Council later in the year.

St Albans Community Centre 

Looking for a venue and support to set up a local hobby/support/interest group. The centre has a large, recently refurbished room with a kitchen to hire while it is based in the St Albans Tennis Club building at 37 Dover St.  Contact Sandra on 021 317584 or email [communitycentre[at]stalbans.gen.nz] for further information. 

St Albans Pop-Up Community Centre 

The St Albans Pop-Up Community Centre (blue marquee) is available for hire for neighbourhood BBQs and local gatherings. The BBQ trailer is also available to hire, an excellent way to hold a community barbecue or a more casual corporate event. Contact Sandra on 021 317584 or email [communitycentre[at]stalbans.gen.nz]  more information and bookings

CCC consultations

The Christchurch City Council is currently consulting on the DEMP or Downstream Effects of the Motorway Plan. If you have any queries drop to St Albans School Hall, Sheppard Place, on the 4th April 4 2019, from 5pm to 7pm.

Gnosis classes

The NZ Association for Gnostic Studies is offering new introduction classes on Sunday evenings from 7pm to 9 pm at the St Albans Tennis Club. The classes will run for eight weeks, ending on 5th May.  Join in at any time. The classes are free with a suggested donation of $5 for those who are able to help with the room cost.
For more information go to New Zealand Gnosis website.

Packe St Park and Community Garden AGM

  • Date: 30th May 30 2019 at 5.30pm
  • Location: Spiritualist Church, corner of Packe St and Edgeware Rd. 

Post a letter or visit the centre

Send a letter to PO Box 21118. If you want to visit the temporary community centre at 37 Dover St. drop in on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm (noon) or phone the St Albans Community Centre Manager on 021 317584 to arrange a suitable time to visit. 

SARA - Fostering community in St Albans.

Sign up to be a member to the St Albans Residents Association (SARA) and support their work. 

Next issue

The June/July edition of St Albans News will be published in late May.  Submit any articles and photographs before the 13th of May by email (news[at]stalbans.gen.nz).

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