Wednesday March 29 2017
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Cave could be closed
In Brief TOY LIBRARY GETS GRANT THe Little River Toy Library has been given a grant towards lining and putting insulation throughout the building. The Banks Peninsula Community approved a grant of $1500 to the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Canterbury Area to help cover the costs of work on the building in Okuti Valley.
By Caitlin Miles MONCKS CAVE in Redcliffs could be permanently fenced off from the public. The city council is proposing safety fencing around the cave and landscaping enhancements in the reserve around the cave but the possibility of permanent closure has some residents concerned. The cave, in Moncks Cave Reserve on the corner of Main Rd and Cave Tce in Redcliffs has been closed from the public since the February 22, 2011, earthquake due to risk of collapse or rock fall. Redcliffs Residents’ Association secretary Pat McIntosh said the cave is significant for the area and she wanted more information on its stability before a decision was made to fence it off. Moncks Cave is of cultural significance on account of the collection of taonga (treasure) Maori discovered there in 1889. City council staff have planned a meeting with interested parties tonight at 5.30pm to discuss what the city council is proposing to do to the cave and surrounding area.
SWIMMING FUNDS Duvauchelle School has been granted funding to continue providing swimming lessons for the children. The Banks Peninsula Community Board approved $1500 worth of funding to the school’s board of trustees towards swimming and water safety lessons for pupils and to contribute to its upkeep. The community also uses the pool. OVERGROWN: The city council is considering landscaping options at Moncks Cave Reserve as well as shutting the cave off from the public.
Dr McIntosh said she hopes the landscaping will be done in the reserve but she wanted more information on why the cave should be fenced off before the city council makes a decision. “If it needs to be fenced off
for safety then that’s fine, but if not then make it avaliable to the public,” Dr McIntosh said. City council staff have
REPAIR REQUEST The Banks Peninsula Community Board has requested city council staff look into repairing the memorial at Britomart Reserve at Greens Point in Takapuneke. The monument was created in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 60th jubilee and in recognition of the importance of the site. The community board has requested city council staff supply costs for the repairs and renovation of the memorial.
planned a meeting with interested parties tonight at 5.30pm to discuss what could happen to the cave.
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