So What’s new in High Street.
- Work on the Peeble’s units has ground to a halt, It has been over 4 weeks since any progress has been made. I have not had a clear answer as to the reasons? At least they have some of the supports in place is the only consultation I can think off. (I have been told to think positive by my Heritage friends…. he he).
- We are trying to get our Code of Compliance paperwork in order. It is a nightmare of paper…… a WIP I am afraid.
- we have properly functioning toilets for the first time in 7 years….
- I had an unexpected/unannounced visit from The City Council. 3 people are required for this. Same shit different day. Sorry “can’t help with the issues you face”. (That’s funny you sorted out New Regent Street?) “The Legislation has not been extended to Christchurch” to allow CCC to deal too recalcitrant land owners. They actually admitted that the Decision by Minister Nick Smith not to extend the legislation to Christchurch is “extremely unhelpful”. Sounds to me like they should lobby Nick Smith, he took no notice of my pleas for assistance in March this year.
- We have sold our 3rd piece of machinery, a guillotine, it is off to Auckland. Interesting is it not that the loss of infrastructure in Christchurch has benefited Auckland? (This occurred in Kobe, Japan after the earthquakes there in 1995. If my memory serves me correctly Tokyo benefited. The vultures circle…..) This stuff is not coming back and negatively impacts on the local economy. Well the Government knows best….
- Rumour has it that further down High St, Barry Watson has given up trying to save the frontage of his demolished shop in High Street. I believe that the section is coming up for sale.
- Laurie Rose’s 2 Duncan’s Units are now down. This was not really necessary, I suspect that it is a decision that was ill-conceived and not financially sound.
- The Billen’s rebuild is steaming ahead. Good news!
- The TMR (The Monday Room) has reopened in David Collin’s units a few doors down from us. Their access is “challenging” to say the least. Brave….. Note in the pix below the 2 end units of the Duncan’s Block are gone. The “Billens Building” is taking shape on the right hand side.
- “Little High Eatery” on the Old McKenzie and Willis site is up and running. It is humming. I have noticed that it is negatively affecting the other eateries’ in the area. Sooner or later this situation is going to push some of the eateries over the edge. (There are too many and they are too expensive to eat at on a regular basis.)
- There is a further loss of retailers occurring in the area. But no one wants to talk about that issue. Council knows best. yea right…. that’s why the central city is full of cafes and bars, brand name fashion shops and not much else. Interesting that I and most of the other residents in Christchurch have not bothered going into the CBD for many months. (I believe the figure is 80%)
- We are having on going parking issues at our end of the street. Not helped by the local builders using the area as free parking and the lack of interest from council.
- I went to a presentation given by the CCC last night regarding: “The Future of Heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula”. Yes, yes, all very laudable and nice. BUT the reality is that there is a massive disconnect between all these pretty words and pictures and the reality of the situation off the few remaining Heritage owners in the city. Given the fact that we are called the “dirty 30” I would say that wouldn’t I? ( This is obviously still annoying me…..). I did get one comment that I had not done an updated blog post! (Sorry been distracted as you will see below.)
I had a wry laugh at this one. The Press published an article about the Darby’s site in Manchester St. After 7 years CERA/CCDU/et al have “handed” the site back to him as they can not reach agreement regarding the price. One comment refered to the land as “Blighted”.
I sympathise with Mr Darby. We are Blighted in the same way.
ho-Hum, ahh well… its stopped raining AND a drum roll please…. I have moved into my rebuilt house……!!!! Whew 7 years is too long…
Landscaping and paving the sea of mud is not covered under “policy”. But all in all, my grateful thanks to the Southern Response Project Manager that picked up this rebuild when it turned to custard and got it sorted! I know they get a lot of flak but I will raise my hand and say job well done!