Just when a retail colleague and I were jointly preparing to open up our temporary retail pop-up shop, to quit some stock before Christmas, the Christchurch City Council and Fulton Hogan Contractors decide to dig up our intersection on the corner of High/St Asaph and Madras Street. Fine and dandy.
They started work on the 7th of June 2016. As far as we can work out they do about 10 minutes a day, that is to move the road cones around. This may be a “slight exaggeration” may-be make that 1/2 day’s work every 5 days. Progress is glacially slow. “Productivity” is not word that the contractors or CCC are bothering about. AND its going to take till December before they finish!
This is the view to the right hand side of our frontage. The whole corner is effectively blocked off.
The little slip way on the left hand side of the photo is the only access and egress from the street. It would be retail suicide to try to open our pop up shop as it is nigh on impossible to drive safely into the street, let alone see where you are going.
This is the view to the left hand side of our frontage. Unchanged in nearly 6 years.
Now one would have hoped that the Councils brief was to aid recovery. He he….. yeah right! As we have proved over and over again in the last 6 years, this does not appear to be the case.
Regenerate CHCH?, Council Liaison Persons, Fulton Hogan contacts…… ?????? who???????
There is really not much more that can be said.
On a more positive note I see that the new lane-way behind us is proceeding at a great pace. It is a shame that it is now going to have to be partially fenced off as it is unsafe for the pedestrians to use it as it is within the fall zone of the back of the Duncan’s Buildings. Seems to me that someone has got their priorities all wrong. Again.
The new Duncan’s Buildings Lane way.
Ho hum another beautiful winter’s day in a very silly city.