HSCB Community Updates
July’s Community Board meeting, held last week, covered a variety of important topics including ...
The Board considered a report on the possibility of introducing a permanent alcohol ban in Hanmer Springs. The report concluded that there is not currently evidence that would support this.
A report was received showing the number of consented building works in the Hanmer Springs ward over the last 12 months - the numbers and value of work has increased slightly over the previous year.
Two activations of the Village Snow Plan were noted with the first of these also being the first opportunity for the new roading contractors, Sicon Ferguson, to “keep the village moving.” A lot was learned and, in particular, they did an excellent job of clearing snow from footpaths.
The HDC’s Building Team Leader, Kerry Walsh, spoke to Board regarding the Memorial Hall and the structural issues affecting its earthquake rating. The Board has sought further information on what remedial actions can be taken to achieve a higher rating.
Other items of interest included:
- Call for expressions of interest to advertise on the soon to be erected activities notice board to go out shortly
- Planning for the Centenary commemoration of the opening of the Soldiers Block are progressing
- Kerb & channelling of Jollies Pass Road, from Conical Hill Road to Rutherford Crescent will take place once winter weather passes
Don’t forget, if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Community Board and to check out Board meeting agendas and minutes go to http://www.hurunui.govt.nz/your-council/meeting-calendar/hanmer-springs-community-board/
At the April meeting of the Hanmer Springs Community Board the following items were discussed.
There a currently a problem with Old Man’s Beard and with Himalayan Balsum in Dog Stream Reserve. It seems we have the only known infestation in Hurunui and immediate action is necessary to eliminate this seriously noxious plant (once sold by nurseries as ground cover!) A report (including costings) is being prepared for the May Board meeting.
Queen Mary Hospital
The trenching to establish whether or not there are any seismic faults close to the Soldiers Block has been completed and a report from the engineers is expected shortly. Once that report has been received, further work looking at the future of this building will be able to proceed.
The fitness equipment that has recently been installed at the domain (see previous news item) is being well used by many people – check it out!
A BBQ is being installed at Chisholm Park and will make for a great family focus in this area.
Earthquake repair work on the Library (including painting) is due to start on 3rd June. It is anticipated that internet will still be available and hopefully the Service Centre and Library will operate from the foyers of the Hall.
Dead trees on the Lodge Reserve will be removed during May. At the same time the oaks in the Avenue will also receive some care and attention
Quotes are currently being obtained from contractors to undertake improvements.
The good news is that the draft Annual Plan for Hanmer Springs indicates a very modest increase in rates of only 0.23% for the 2014-15 year from the 1st July. We have had to make a bigger contribution in the sewage sector to cover the operating costs with the installation of new aerators in the ponds. The bad news is that the capital costs of sewage upgrade to meet consent requirements of Environment Canterbury is going to be significant over the next couple of years. What these requirements will cost is still being determined, but at this point we have budgeted $1.65 million.
For further information on this and other items addressed by the Community Board please refer to Board agendas and minutes.
All community board members are available to help you with queries and open to ideas for community projects. We will probably suggest that you also ring the appropriate HDC officers as all calls are logged and these are the people who have the expertise. Thank you for the interest you show in the matters that affect us all.
New Exercise Equipment at the Domain
New exercise apparatus has been installed at the Hanmer Springs domain. The ten items have been installed around the perimeter of the main field and form a circuit that will provide an all-round workout. Some of the exercise machines can be used by two people at once enabling training partners to keep pace with each other. Hanmer Springs Councillor Jason Fletcher (pictured in the photo below) says the equipment will provide a convenient and fun way for people to develop and maintain their fitness and he hopes this equipment will become well used by the people of Hanmer and visitors alike.
Update on Hanmer Springs Courtesy Crossings
At its meeting on 3 February, the Hanmer Springs Community Board was able to consider the report prepared by Council officers on options for improving the safety of the current crossings.
The Board is mindful that there are several hundred thousand pedestrian movements across our village streets each year, a number which, if anything, will continue to grow. With this in mind, the Board is keen to develop the “pedestrian-friendly” environment of the village. In addition to the report, the Board has also received other correspondence providing comments and suggestions and Board members have canvassed opinions widely.
The report considered by the Community Board highlighted the crucial issue as being to minimise or eliminate the possibility for confusion on the part of both pedestrians and motorists and to ensure that as they approach the crossings, neither motorists nor pedestrians are likely to be taken by surprise in any way. While zebra crossings are one obvious possibility that has been raised, the layout of the village streets means few, if any, crossings would meet legal requirements. In addition, information was presented showing that zebra crossings do not necessarily achieve the anticipated safety benefits for pedestrians and can, in fact, “increase risk to pedestrians”. (Guidelines for Selection of Pedestrian Facilities). The Board has also taken a view that as far as is possible, all pedestrian facilities should be consistent and that this will assist motorists and pedestrians alike.
The Board have asked Council officials to provide cost estimates for a number of strategies including: extending the existing footpath extensions so that the roadway to cross is reduced, ensuring the approaches to crossings are not obscured by parked vehicles, installing additional bollards, upgrading the written warning notices and signs for pedestrians, installing a notice at the village entrance highlighting the pedestrian presence and the installation of an electronic “Your speed is ... kmh” sign.
Through this range of steps, we anticipate that both drivers and pedestrians will be more aware of each other and that any possibility for confusion will be minimised. A final decision on actions to be taken will be made once the costing information is to hand which is hoped to be at the next meeting on 24 February.
Anyone wishing to make further comments to the Board should feel free to do so either in writing or by approaching any member of the Board.