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Tuesday July 11 2017
Motorway to open a year earlier
THE WESTERN Corridor project is almost a year ahead of schedule. And the $112 million Russley Rd upgrade is on track to open early next year. “The early completion of the project would help relieve congestion and support economic growth in the Canterbury region,” Transport Minister Simon Bridges said. He said the 10 months that has been shaved off the timetable comes down to good weather and contractors bringing down extra resources as well as staff. By the end of next month, traffic will be travelling from the airport to the city under the
overbridge and, by the end of the year, traffic on State Highway 1 would travel over the overbridge. The Russley Rd upgrade is one of the six sections of the $350 million Western Corridor upgrade from Belfast to Hornby to a four-lane, median-separated highway. Three of the six sections are completed with the remaining three under way and will be completed by the end of next year. PROGRESS: The airport arches are 10 months ahead of schedule. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER
Toilet block looking likely for Harrington Park By Julia Evans RESIDENTS HAVE been asking for toilets in Harrington Park for more than a year – those calls have finally been answered. At the city council Annual Plan meeting, it approved $115,000 to go towards the block of public toilets. Last year, residents living in the Riccarton west area called
for the public toilets because of the high usage of the park during community days. There are three linked reserves including Harrington Park, Paeroa Reserve and Shand Crescent Reserve but there are no public toilets. The closest are at Westfield Riccarton or The Warehouse on Blenheim Rd. Eight submissions were made to the city council for last year’s Annual Plan, representing sev-
eral community groups. But at the time, city council head of parks Andrew Rutledge said the focus for public toilets was on sports, garden parks and heritage sites, where the user numbers are significant. However, Mr Rutledge said during this year’s Annual Plan process staff were again asked whether Harrington Park would meet the criteria for the provision of a toilet block.
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MEGA-FACILITY UPDATE A special Halswell-HornbyRiccarton Community Board meeting will be held in August to formulate the board’s recommendation to the city council on the location of the new south-west mega-facility. A board recommendation will be presented for consideration at the city council meeting on August 24. WAR LIBRARY’S FUTURE The future of the Upper Riccarton War Memorial Library is being assessed with a full detailed engineering evaluation assessment due within a month. The building has already had a preliminary report, which has indicated it is possibly earthquake-prone. The building is not owned by the city council but is situated on city council land. LIBRARY GONE The new Bishopdale Library and Community Service Centre will be officially opened at 9.30am on Saturday, July 22. There will be kapa haka performances from Breens Intermediate and Islesworth Primary. As well as speeches, artist and carver Tim Wraight will present background on his artwork which has been included in the building.
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This criteria includes a high number of potential users or special characteristics of the population, like a large amount of elderly or children, no available alternatives or special location needs. “Based on information supplied by the submitters and city councillor Vicki Buck, it was decided that Harrington Park would meet these criteria,” Mr Rutledge said.
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