Cashmere News Diary: 18 May 2014 - floods and walls
* 18 May, Sunday 9am-5pm - Cycle Colombo Street: A fun ride activity for Christchurch - cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/2014/05/04/the-pleasure-of-a-sunday-cycle-on-colombo/ - notice:
* 21 May, Wednesday 7.30pm - Cashmere Residents' Association committee meeting, all input very welcome - contact CRA Chair.
* 23 May, Friday 8am - Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board meeting, Beckenham Service Centre boardroom - agenda: ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2014/May/
* 23 May, Friday 7.30pm - Restorative Justice, Open Seminar, a Saturday and a Sunday talk - Cashmere Presbyterian Centre, 2 McMillan Ave. Entrance by Koha, supper and morning tea provided. Poster:
* 27 May, Tuesday 7.30pm - Barrington Issues Group - public passenger transport advocacy: stops, routes and shelters, interchange site, pedestrian safety; District Plan changes, urban densification, flood risks etc; with Spreydon residents at Whareora Community House, 8 Athelstan St, opposite Barrington Mall - a new initiative to try and improve facilities and liaison in South Christchurch. All welcome. facebook.com/events/680238678707528/
* 28 May, Wednesday 1.30pm CREST - Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - our local preparedness group meets, at Cashmere School this month - last Wednesday of each month except December. Local volunteer skills and resources inter-network. We have a draft plan. All input very welcome.
* 16 June, Monday - submissions on the Metro Bus Services Review close - Let ECan know your thoughts on their range of proposals: metroinfo.co.nz/news/Pages/Metro-Bus-Services-Review-May-2014 - Service changes for Cashmere are proposed: loss of the 114 would end public passenger transport on Dyers' Pass Road; the same fate for the Bowenvale route. CRA would like to argue for improvement of the 114, cutting the pointless Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) down leg, to connect the Takahe terminus to Somerfield, Barrington, Thorrington and Bowenvale on a more frequent, rationalised short return cycle. That and/or at least loop the Blue line around Dyers Pass and Hackthorne Roads to cover the hill area. You can lodge submissions individually and/or endorse the CRA submission if you wish. But remember, regarding Canterbury Regional Council, "No taxation without representation" was the catch-cry of the American Revolution in 1776.
* 5 March, '100-year flood' day - pic.1 below shows Ernlea Terrace cut off by the swollen Heathcote/Opawaho River for three days. Residents here and on Hunter and Sloan Terraces face costs of inconvenience at the least from this rise in natural phenomena: a year of multiple floods started last June. CRA will do all in its power to stand by these Cashmere residents in the challenges ahead. Ref. ccc.govt.nz/floodmitigation. Pic.2 shows the first, not the last time a jetboat explores Cashmere, stopped only by the Fairview Street bridge at PMH?
* 8 April, Cashmere Vision and Values workshop report: Thanks everyone, especially Christchurch City Council Strengthening Communities, for supporting this special meeting at Cashmere Church hall. A most visual and interesting update on Dame Ngaio Marsh, her biography and her house, went down well; thank you Margaret Sweet and Bruce Harding for this. Our meeting was temporarily hijacked, however, by a faction in the old Village Green debate, by surprise. The new CRA works hard to heal this deep rift, as some fresh faces were driven away by it. A stunned silence next greeted the abandonment of Vision and Values project, especially as its authors are a stronger part of Council now; but that is the reality, with CRA portfolios and communications much reduced consequentially. We battle on regardless. For the 2009 Cashmere Vision record see cashmere.org.nz/cashmere.pdf Many thanks to our hospitality providers: Kaizuka.co.nz, Quick Stop Liquor, Mr Cordial and CRA Social Secretary, Leona Murahidy for organising it. An enlightening time was had by all.
* Christchurch Retaining Walls Group: "We are here and we are not going away" retainingwalls.kiwi.nz Contact: Leonie of Huntsbury. The saga of Cashmere retaining walls edges on. Pictured below is a pre/post-quake source of controversy, where Council-required repair like-for-like, of Special Amenity heritage-area natural rock wall from a resident, stands between a Council-owned job of awesome symmetry and other work yet to start. Council owns at least four more walls to repair on lower Hackthorne Road, and residents hope a precedent has not just been set for aesthetic change. ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/goaheadbuildingplannings00/formsandguides-s07/sams/cashheathcoteopawasumner/sam17and17a
* Message from our Rotary friends - Community project funding available from rotaryneighbourhood.org.nz - Graffiti clean ups from tagstoppers.co.nz - thank you, greetings Gary Barber and family.
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Stay warm and dry. See you soon. Take care.
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