Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

As a follow on from my last post in January. I note that I have not had a response from the Building Minister, Nick Smith, regarding the implementation of stronger legislation in Christchurch, or even an attempt to force recalcitrant building owners to clean up their derelict buildings.

I notice the Press did an article a few days ago with a list of the 10 worst Buildings. “They ask if six years is long enough”?   I think any resident of Christchurch will give you a resounding Yes to that question!   Frustrating….

Link Here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/89590828/eyesore-sites-still-blot-christchurch-cbd-landscape-six-years-after-the-earthquake

The problem is that NO ONE is doing anything about the situation. Some “backside covering” going on here I think, at a very high level I suspect.

Christchurch City Council is ineffective as I suspect is the new organisation,
Development Christchurch Limited (DCL).  (A division of the CCC with no funding).
and Land Information New Zealand -LINZ is invisible.  They are responsible for the “make safes” section 38 now renamed 77’s!  Confusing!
I see that the Duncan’s Buildings  are on this list of the “infamous”. No surprises here,  (I notice that Phillip Carters old WINZ building in High St is not on the list). There are many others who deserve to be on this list as well.

ho hum SNAFU

I had a wry grin on my face today when I saw this.

The Inaccessible City, By Mike Yardly. He has said exactly what a fellow retailer in St Asaph St and I, told some CCC Councillors about 3 weeks ago.
I hope he has more success in getting through to them than we did. He says it so beautifully!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/89827400/mike-yardley-christchurch-street-changes-making-city-inaccessible-not-accessible

CCC and Otakaro have redesigned the CBD roading network, it is a debacle, the roads are too narrow,  have large concrete kerbs, multiple levels, are visually unappealing, it is impossible to access the few parks we have left and we have almost no loading zones.  I am aware of a number of retailers who are starting to look for new premises outside this area.  The CBD has become totally inaccessible now.

As Mike Yardly points out: “The pencil-thin lanes are utterly unforgiving with no breathing space or margin for error. Buses, trucks and wide-boy SUVs can barely fit within them. If they have to turn a corner, they duly encroach the neighbouring lane in order to carry out the manoeuvre. Daft and dangerous.

Of the few remaining on-street car parks, their configuration is so tight that motorists have no choice but to bring traffic to a stand-still while they painstakingly negotiate themselves into the slot.”

Nice One!

What’s New In High Street?

Our new toilet block is slowly starting to take shape. We give our grateful thanks to Andrew Evans at Intrados Architecture for helping us to negotiate the Design and Consents issues.

The slab gets poured on Friday this week.P1010343.jpg

Below:

The Peebles Group has dumped the steel for the propping of the facades of their 8 Duncan’s Units in the street, unfortunately it is not going to do much good there, it needs to go in.

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Have a great day, stay out of the CBD, you can not get there anyway, the roads are blocked, there are limited parks  and you will break your neck tripping on the road cones!

 

 

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