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Changes to Speed Limits around Southbrook

17 January 2017

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The Latest on Southbrook Road

28 June 2015

Southbrook

The latest on the work going on in Southbrook Road, including some likely dates for future completions, can be found at:

http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/Libraries/Roading/WDC10608_Southbrook_Rd_Improvements_advert_NO_UPDATE_FA.sflb.ashx

The photo above is not the new supermarket! – but it is a familiar sight.

 

4 September 2010 – 2 years later

4 September 2012

On 4 September 2010 I was a volunteer Civil Defence controller. Some disconnected impressions:

  • Rude awakening, thinking of Haiti.
  • Thinking the house was coming down, but then it didn’t – in fact, seemed OK.
  • Newstalk ZB off the air – so back to the National Programme.
  • Surprised it wasn’t the alpine fault.
  • Radio report that Harcourts Kaiapoi down – oh! oh!
  • Walking into the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) with a guy offering a helicopter. Still dark.
  • Intelligence gathering already underway. Clear biggest problems were around Kaiapoi.
  • Main bridges closed, just in case they were unsafe.
  • EOC starting to hum. Staff drifting in. Crews out checking water, sewer, roads.
  • Got a ride from Southbrook in first helicopter flight with Council engineers Gerard Cleary and Gary Boot – pumping stations and pipelines their priority.
  • Mandeville Bridge all broken.
  • Hilton St by Dudley Drain – culvert has popped up – impassable to vehicles.
  • Chimneys broken.
  • Charles St sewerage pumping station doesn’t look good.
  • Liquefaction all through eastern Kaiapoi.
  • More of it in Kairaki and Pines Beach. Power pole just about down.
  • Ocean outfall pipeline seems OK.
  • A bit of liquefaction at Woodend Beach and Waikuku Beach – not too bad.
  • Pegasus and Woodend look OK.
  • Ashley Bridge north of Rangiora has stayed up – surprise!
  • Rangiora looks good from the air.
  • Back to landing point in Southbrook.

Later in the day:

  • In Kaiapoi now. Bridge closed by Police.
  • Museum really badly knocked around.
  • Corcoran French and old BNZ (John Rhind) buildings on a lean.
  • Former Post Office looks OK, but wouldn’t trust it.
  • Blackwells damaged – excavator is making it safer by knocking bits off it.
  • National and regional news media concentrating on Christchurch.

And through it all, a beautiful spring day.  Many people left their homes, but by nightfall, all had found somewhere to go.  No-one had to be put up at the welfare centre.  The EOC stayed on duty all through the night, but there was little to do until daybreak.

Unusual Building Emerges in Southbrook

17 April 2012

One of these buildings is a church!

Actually, as most locals know, it is the one on the left that is St Mary’s Anglican Church.  It is still used by a small group of parishioners, even although the building is no longer owned by the Anglican Church.

The new one on the right is part of the new Rangiora Mazda complex, owned by Hanish Hide.  He has decided to keep the church on his property and work his new workshop and administration area around it.  Good on him!

Rangiora Mazda has to move from across the road because that site is now owned by Foodstuffs and will be the site of a Pak n Save supermarket.

Supermarket Wars in Waimakariri

15 January 2012

The supermarkets are certainly getting thick on the ground.

The Kaiapoi New World reopened last month after being rebuilt – the previous building was, of course, badly damaged by the September quake.  That was great for Kaiapoi and has been one of the signs that commercially Kaiapoi is on the road back.

In the meantime, the Rangiora New World has undergone a significant expansion.

Next week, the new Countdown in Ivory Street, Rangiora, will be opened. That will make two Countdowns in Rangiora, along with the one in Kaiapoi..

People often ask me if Pak ‘n Save is coming to Southbrook after all.  The latest information that I have is that it has been delayed while Foodstuffs get a couple of New Worlds back open in Christchurch (Redcliffs and St Martins, I think).  The first job that has to be done at Southbrook is to divert the Southbrook stream around the edge of the site.

The new building going up beside St Mary’s Anglican Church in Southbrook Road is the Rangiora Mazda building, replacing their site on the Pak ‘n Save site.

What’s Going On in Flaxton Road?

17 May 2011

There’s a lot of earth being moved around at the corner of Flaxton and Fernside Roads, Southbrook.  What’s it all about?

Two things are happening. 

A stormwater retention system is being built to take stormwater from the recently-zoned business area bounded by Flaxton, Fernside and Todds Roads.  An increase in the coverage of hard flat surfaces – mainly roofs and concrete – will mean that will be much more run-off.  The Faxton Road Drain will not be able to handle all that water, so it will have to be held back and released slowly.

The second thing that is happening is that the Fernside Road intersection is being made safer. That horrible little bridge by the car-wash ford will go, and Fernside Road will meet Flaxton Road at a right-angle with much better visibilty.

Book Sale in Southbrook – Now On!

16 July 2010

The Rangiora Rotary Club’s booksale is now on at the Southbrook Sports Club pavilion at Southbook Park.  It started Thursday morning with customary scrum of the quick and the keen – the photo at the right shows the scene when it had settled down!

There are still thousands of books left.  The sale finishes Saturday noon (17 July).

All proceeds go towards the Rangiora Rotary Club’s $30,000 commitment to the Dudley Aquatic Centre.

How’s Our Air This Winter?

7 July 2010

High pollution nights – so far this winter

All monitored areas are included so that Kaiapoi and Rangiora can be compared with the rest of Canterbury.  You can check daily at http://ecan.govt.nz/services/online-services/monitoring/air-pollution/Pages/high-pollution-nights.aspx on the ECan website.

Location Pollution Level Yesterday No. of High Pollution Nights Highest Pollution Level 2nd Highest Pollution Level
Rangiora 63 6 91 63
Kaiapoi 51 15 98 80
Christchurch – St Albans* 25 6 72 71
Christchurch – Burnside** -1 1 62 49
Christchurch – Woolston 28 5 100 71
Ashburton 49 4 64 64
Timaru – Anzac Park* 60 28 148 124
Timaru – Washdyke 26 3 56 54
Waimate 39 5 97 69
Geraldine 48 2 58 57

Compass FM’s Test Transmissions

20 June 2010

From time to time you might hear test transmissions coming 104.9 FM.  At the moment, the North Canterbury Radio Trust is using a low-powered transmitter from its Rangiora studios.  Eventually, when the station is operational, transmissions will be beamed from Mount Grey with repeaters to service areas like Hanmer and Cheviot.

At the moment you will hear just music and the occasional promotional message – and the station only reaches the area around Rangiora. 

Compass FM will be a Community Access station that will transmit the Voices of North Canterbury.

Great Book Sale on the Southbrook Horizon!

5 May 2010

Traffic Lights for Southbrook?

7 April 2010

The possibility of traffic lights in Southbrook has, as I predicted in an earlier blog posting, got passions raised.

First of all, some related, but not necessarily connected, points.

  • When or if the traffic lights come, they may not be the first traffic lights in the District.  The NZ Transport Agency is considering putting lights on the Lineside Road/Smith Street bridge over the Motorway because of the bad accident record there.
  • Southbrook Road is easily the busiest road in Rangiora/Southbrook – about 17 000 vehicles a day.  Getting on to this road is considerably more difficult than, say, getting out of The Warehouse carpark.
  • The customers, and carpark-users, of the Pak’n Save will be ratepayers and residents, just like you and me.

People have long suggested a round-about for that corner.  Question: if you were on Flaxton Road trying to enter the roundabout at 5.00pm, would that be easy?  Roundabouts work best when there are reasonably even flows of traffic from all directions.  I often look at the one at High/King Streets – it works well for that reason.

The Southbrook and Rangiora New Life Schools and people trying to get out of Coronation and Torlesse Streets will probably appreciate the breaks in the traffic caused by the lights.

On the other hand, I will join those not appreciating being held up by the new lights! – especially when leaving the town when there is never any hold-up now, except at the railway crossing.

As regards the process and the alleged lack of consultation, it needs to be remembered that the supermarket was applying for a Resource Consent under the Resource Management Act.  The hearing was conducted by a commissioner appointed by the Council and that commissioner would have heard expert opinion from traffic engineers plus evidence from other submitters before making the decision. The only access the person-in-the-street has to that process that  is to make a submission.

In other words, it wasn’t a “yes we want it” or “no we don’t” process. It was a formal judicial process conducted under strict rules.  Someone could, for instance, have organised a petition and presented it as evidence, but the commissioner would have been weighing up the strength and validity of the arguments, not counting numbers.

Now that the commisioner has made a decision, the decision is now “owned” by the Council. The only way that the consent can be defeated or changed is by appeal to the Environment Court – and you can usually only do that if you were an original submitter.

 

Planning Hearings and Commissioners … and Supermarkets

20 March 2010

I’ve got a feeling the wheels are going to come off somewhere when people hear the decision on the proposed Pak’nSave supermarket.  I have no idea what the decision is going to be, but I suspect that there will be unhappy locals, whatever the decision is.  Some are looking forward to greater shopping choice, others are concerned about traffic in the area.

The hearing on the proposed Pak’nSave in Southbrook has been held, but the decision is yet to come.  The Countdown proposal for Ivory Street, Rangiora, will take place soon.  Both are being heard by commissioners.

What does this mean?

Where the Resource Management Act requires a hearing on a resource consent, the Council staff have three choices.  They can arrange for a hearing with a panel of councillors (usually 3), a commissioner, or a mixture of commissioner(s) and councillor(s). 

Usually, they go for commisisoners if the matter looks complicated or is high-stakes.  The latter is the case in the supermarket applications.

Some of us councillors have had training in Resource Management matters and it is the Council’s practice to make sure that they are in a majority on a councillor panel.  They are Robbie Brine, Dan Gordon, Elaine Cole, Roger Blair and me.

If the Council is the body wanting the resource consent from itself (!), a commissioner has to hear the case.

Once a commissioner makes a decision, the Council has to accept it.  If the matter is appealed to the Environment Court, the Council is bound to defend the decision – although how vigorously it makes that defence is up to it.  The Council cannot appeal against a commisioner’s decision because it would be tantamount to appealing against its own decision.

There can be a number of Acts, plans, etc that are relevant in a hearing, but the two most important are usually the Resource Managment Act and the Council’s District Plan.

 

Southbrook Pak’nSave Hearings This Coming Week

5 March 2010

The hearing, before a commissioner, for a resource consent for the proposed Pak’nSave at Southbrook will be taking place in the Council Chamber on Monday and Tuesday this coming week, i.e. 8 & 9 March.

The hearing is public – anyone can go.

Rangiora Ward Advisory Board: 3 New Members Appointed

5 March 2010

As signalled in aprevious post, the Rangiora Ward Advisory Board asked the Council to appoint three new members, even although there were only two vacancies.  This the Council has now done;

They are Jim Gerard, Lynne Winsloe and Greg Miller.

Remember that at this year’s local body elections, voters in the Woodend-Ashley and Rangiora Wards will be voting for new Community Boards that will replace the Ward Advisory Boards.

Council Sets Proposed Rates: “Average Rise of 3.5%” means 0.6% for Kaiapoi and 7.5% for Rangiora

9 February 2010

The Council today put its Annual Plan out for consultation.  Watch the news media for when it is available and when submissions close.

You will be told that there is an average rise of 3.5% and this represents a cut in the rate rise from the 6.2% signalled last year in the Ten Year Long Term Plan.  But hang on, this is the same Council that proposed the 6.2%.

The reason for the rise in some areas’ rates are varied.  In Rangiora’s case, it is mainly the cost of the upgraded water scheme that is the cause of it.  Of course, putting a targeted rate on the 5km zone around Dudley Aquatic Centre hasn’t helped the Rangiora ratepayer one bit.

The water scheme is necessary and what is being done is  the best option.  Who I have issue with are those who campaigned at the last election saying that they were going to make rates “affordable” – even although they were told that the water scheme was essential and that the District needed a new pool.

And for the record, I’m not just drawing attention to Rangiora.  “Average 3.5%” means 9.3% in Oxford, 8.8% in Ashley-Sefton, 5.7% in Fernside, and 10% in Summerhill.  In Oxford and Summerhill, new water schemes are the main reason – also signalled before the last election.

Supermarket Wars in Rangiora

7 February 2010

As I think everyone in the town knows, Countdown and Pak n Save are “coming” to Rangiora.

Well, are they?  Not yet – and key decisions have yet to be made. 

Applications for Resource Consent have been made by Woolworths for a Countdown on the Rangiora Fruit and Vege site in Ivory Street, and by Foodstuffs for a Pak n Save on the Rangiora Mazda site in Southbrook Road.

Note that these are applications only.  No decisions have been made.  Resource consent applications can be dealt with in a number of ways and these will be heard in the open at a Council hearing.  Hearings can be heard by councillors or by outside commissioners, or a combination.  These hearings are likely to be heard by commissioners because of the size and complexity of the proposals. A commissioner’s decision becomes the Council’s decision.

Under the Resource Management Act, anyone can make a submission.

In both applications, two of the matters that will have to be considered are traffic and zoning.

  1. Traffic. They are both on the same north-south route.  The Pak n Save site is on Rangiora’s busiest road (up to 15 000 vehicles a day, I believe), with a busy intersection nearby and Mitre 10 Mega over the road.  For the Countdown site, Ivory Street is also very busy, and is narrow.  There is a kohanga reo over the road.
  2. Zoning. The Pak n Save site is zoned Business 2, which does not permit that kind of retailing.  The Countdown site is zoned Residential 2 (like most of Rangiora and Kaiapoi) and has residential properties on both sides.

Those are just two of the issues that will inevitably come up in the hearings.

Change comes to Southbrook: St Mary’s Anglican Church

22 January 2010

A landmark in Southbrook Road since the early days (the foundation stone says 1879, but I’m not sure if that was for the current building), St Mary’s was an adjunct to St John the Baptist Church in Rangiora.

The site is now subject to a resource consent application from the business that operates Rangiora Mazda, on the other side of the road.  They are being forced to relocate because their current site is part of where Foodstuffs have applied for planning permission for a new Pak n’ Save supermarket. 

The application for the St Mary’s site says that the church will be incorporated into the design of the site that will need to be developed.

Quite clearly, and assuming consent is given,  the site will look very different.

This is a further example of how Southbrook is growing into an ever-more-important business node for the District.

More Community Boards on the Way

11 January 2010

If you haven’t already picked it up, two more community boards will join the Kaiapoi Community Board at the end of the year: Rangiora and Woodend-Ashley.  These will replace the current Ward Advisory Boards for those two wards.  Community Boards are directly elected by the voters, Ward Advisory Boards appointed by the Council following a public selection process.

So – Rangiora and Woodend-Ashley voters will have something else to vote for this October.  Note that the Rangiora Ward will include much more of Fernside than at present.

The public consultation process last year unearthed no desire for change in the Oxford-Eyre Ward, so it will keep its Ward Advisory Board.

The powers of the two types of Board, as currently delegated by the Council are much the same.  Community Boards cost a lot more because the members are paid.

The membership of the current Ward Advisory Boards can be found in one of the pages on the right.

Swine Flu Centre Open in Southbrook

21 July 2009

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The Rangiora Community Flu Centre opened yesterday and they had a very busy afternoon – 34 people came through.  It was steadier today, but we need to remember that this thing is going to get worse, a lot worse, before it gets better.

The centre is at Southbrook Park and it is open from 1.00 to 4.30.


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