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24 July 2013

24 July - Coastal Pathway project gets a boost from Fulton Hogan


24 July 2013 Update by CCC

Coastal Pathway project gets a boost from Fulton Hogan
The 6.5 km Coastal Pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner has received a welcome boost thanks to a $250,000 contribution from construction company Fulton Hogan.
The company is rebuilding the causeway across McCormack's Bay and as part of that project it will carry out $250,000 worth of work to help form the section of the Coastal Pathway running from Scott Park at the foot of St Andrews Hill to the eastern end of the causeway.
The four metre wide sealed pathway catering for pedestrians and recreational cyclists will be separated from the road by a swale to filter storm water. The work to be completed in the next few months will also include construction of two ramps down to the estuary at the Mt Pleasant end of the causeway.
This part of the pathway project is a partnership between the Christchurch City Council and Fulton Hogan.
Fulton Hogan managing director Nick Miller said" This project celebrates a major milestone in Fulton Hogan's Canterbury Community Earthquake Rebuild Fund with over $1 million of in-kind contribution and sponsorship given to community based organisations.  We're proud to be able to assist such valuable community groups, providing support which enables them to get back on their feet and continue the great work they are doing in our city.
"This project is just one of the ways that Fulton Hogan is giving back to the communities we live and work in.  As a Christchurch based business, we know first-hand that projects like the Coastal Pathway will help rebuild the heart of the local community and create an asset that future generations will enjoy."
Acting City Environment General Manager, Terry Howes, said other elements such as lighting, street furniture and more extensive planting will follow at a later date once concept designs for the 6.5 kilometre Coastal Pathway are finalised and construction begins in earnest.  
"The Council is delighted to have the opportunity to incorporate the basics of the pathway into the causeway rebuild and we are very grateful for Fulton Hogan's generous offer."
The Council liaised with the Coastal Pathway Group over the proposal and group chairman Tim Lindley said his organisation was right behind anything that expedited progress on the pathway.
"It makes sense to do this work during the causeway reconstruction. We' ll have to wait a little longer for some of the more exciting landscaping features, but this basic pathway will give people a bit of a lift, encourage them to get out and enjoy the stunning estuary views, and help local businesses."
In the Christchurch City Three Year Plan the Council committed to spending $9.9 million dollars on the Coastal Pathway and over coming months it will continue working with the pathway group to finalise plans for remainder of the project.
Mayor Bob Parker said the joint approach to the Coastal Pathway was a very satisfying outcome." This is a good example of the way private enterprise and the Council can collaborate on projects with very positive spin offs for the whole city"

18 June 2013 Update

Coastal Pathway A.G.M. - 25 June

Please join us at the Christchurch Coastal Pathway AGM to share the successes of the past year and find out what the current challenges are.
Guest Speaker: Simon Kingham, Associate Professor of Geography at University of Canterbury
Professor Kingham is an excellent and engaging speaker. He is an expert on sustainable cities and  is enthusiastic about cycling and community engagement.
Council have shown strong support for the project but now we need their financial backing. We need a well turned out attendance which reflects how much this project means to the city of Christchurch.
All are welcome.
Cash bar will be open with nibbles kindly provided by Sumner SuperValue
Redcliffs Bowling Club,
8 James St, Redcliffs
Contact Libby Studholme for further details lstudholme1@gmail.com

Outcome of Council meeting 13 June

At great presentation was given by Michael Sleight to the Council last Thursday during the successful adoption of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Concept Design. For notes of that meeting read here. A big thank you to those supporters who attended this meeting.

28 March 2013 Update

Last day for submissions!

Today is the last day for comments. Go here to comment online. Submissions close at 5pm.

Also, see the Recommendation on submissions from the Coastal Pathway Group.

Christchurch City Council has released the draft Concept Plan for the proposed Christchurch Coastal Pathway for the community to comment on. The Concept Plan is available to view from Wednesday 27 March in any of the Council's libraries and service centres. It is also available online at www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

The final date for written comments is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2013.

Feedback received on the draft Concept Plan will help guide any modifications to the pathway to make sure it delivers a first-rate recreation and leisure experience that everyone can participate in; and whether the Council should fund such a project.

The submission form can be:

  • Emailed to CoastalPathwayPlan@ccc.govt.nz
  • Posted to Freepost 178 Christchurch Coastal Pathway Concept Plan Strategy and Planning Group, Christchurch City Council PO Box 73012 Christchurch 8154.
  • Hand-delivered to Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street.

The Council is also holding three drop-in sessions on Saturday 6 April along the pathway's route. People will be able to view the Concept Plan, discuss its content with Council staff and make submissions. 

Look out for a Council van parked at the following locations:

  • McCormacks Bay Reserve (by Mt Pleasant Temporary Community Centre, 10am - 11am
  • Beachville Road, Redcliffs (near Beachville Road Reserve) noon - 1pm
  • The Esplanade, Sumner (next to the Clock Tower at the Scarborough end of the Esplanade) 2pm - 3pm

Two additional drop-in sessions are being held on:

  • Wednesday 10 April, Shirley/Papanui Service Centre Community Board Room, corner Restall Street and Langdons Road, Papanui, 4pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 11 April, Beckenham Service Centre Community Board Room, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham, 4pm - 7pm

Christchurch Coastal Pathway group strongly encourages everyone who wants to see this pathway built to put in a submission even if they made a submissions at one of the earlier consultation meetings. "It is only this consultation process which counts" says Chairperson Linda Rutland. "Please make a submission, join our Facebook page and tell all your friends and family to do the same so we can get the word out there. 

It is important this very significant project for Christchurch is well supported through the submission process".
 For more information visit www.ccc.govt.nz/coastalpathway or www.christchurchcoastalpathway.org.nz

7 Nov 2012 Update

The concept design involved three phases of community engagement and consultation:

  • Information gathering and development of a Vision
  • Testing options and alternatives
  • Draft concept overview

View online

30 October 2012 Update

The Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group was thrilled by the spectacular support shown for the community consultation meetings held this week, with more than 500 people attending the 9 workshops in Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs and Sumner.

The public meetings were arranged by the CPG and the Christchurch City Council, providing consulting landscape architects Wraight + Associates with the opportunity to seek interested parties’ initial input into the pathway, and allowing review of their suggested concept designs.

The meetings were chaired by Megan Wraight and Martin Bryant of Wraight + Associates, landscape architects commissioned by the Christchurch City Council and the CPG partnership to work on a feasibility study for the proposed six-kilometre Christchurch Coastal Pathway. Wraight + Associates designed much of the Wellington Waterfront.  

“Getting the biggest turnout of all to the final Redcliffs meeting was just fantastic, proof that as more people are hearing about this, the support for the pathway is growing exponentially”, said CPG chairperson Linda Rutland.

Among the ideas discussed were rockpools in the riprap, a waterfront estuarine park for Redcliffs, recreating Bells Saltwater Baths as an attraction at the Scarborough end, and running one stretch of the cycleway through the sand dunes. Issues such as parking, public access points, pathway height and environmental concerns were also included in the open discussions.

“Please start ASAP because this will benefit all of Christchurch”;“I can’t wait for this to be built- the area east of the Ferrymead Bridge hasn’t had any development post EQ”; and “our expectations have been exceeded and we’re very passionate about this happening” were indicative of the feedback received at the third round of meetings.

The draft concept design will be presented to the Community Board in November, and made available on the CCP and CCC websites immediately after. While it has yet to be reported to Council for formal consideration, it

will be incorporated into funding applications, which are to be lodged before the end of the year so that construction of the pathway may begin simultaneously with repair works to the water’s edge in early 2013.

The Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group is a community-based group promoting the idea for a continual coastal pathway between Ferrymead and Scarborough. http://www.christchurchcoastalpathway.org.nz/

17 September 2012 Update

Council has commenced a project to develop a concept plan for a coastal pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner. The project is being done in partnership with the community based Coastal Pathway Group, and council has appointed Wraight and Associates to undertake the concept design, feasibility analysis and establishment of rough order costs.  See dates for community input

Stage 1

  • 18 September from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Mt Pleasant Community Centre
  • 18 September from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at Sumner new school hall
  • 19 September from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at Redcliffs Bowling Club

1. Present project and result of previous consultations to whole group

2. Group breaks up into tables of 10

  • Review site analysis to identify other issues; and
  • Constraints and Opportunities.
  • Develop the vision and objectives for the project

3. Report back and thematise results

Stage 2

  • 9 October from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Mt Pleasant Yacht Club
  • 9 October from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at Redcliffs Bowling Club
  • 10 October from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at Sumner old school hall

1. Present result of previous consultations to whole group

2. Group breaks up into tables of 10

  • Review options
  • Test alternatives

3. Report back and thematise results

Stage 3

  • 23 October from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Mt Pleasant Yacht Club
  • 23 October from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at Sumner new school hall
  • 24 October from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at Redcliffs Bowling Club

1. Present master plan and cost implications of zones  to whole group

2. Canvass any major issues

30 August Update

Work on a master plan and feasibility study for the proposed six-kilometre Christchurch Coastal Pathway is about to get underway thanks to a just-announced Christchurch City Council and Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group (CPG) community partnership.

Mayor Bob Parker says, “Council in seeking an appropriate way to support this project has undertaken to provide initial funding and project management. The project budget for this stage is $50,000 which has already been allocated for this purpose in the Annual Plan.

“A desire to see a recreational asset that speaks to the spirit of Christchurch come to fruition and to ensure CCPG can meet funding application deadlines meant the project planning had to get underway now. These applications could net a third of the eventual project costs.

“The pathway will cater for children, pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and people using scooters and wheelchairs and is planned to connect Ferrymead to Mt Pleasant and on through Redcliffs, finishing at the end of Scarborough Beach in Sumner”, says Mr Parker.

Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board Chairperson Bob Todd welcomed news of the partnership announcement and says, “this project has wide community support and has been identified by the Board as its priority capital project because of its significance to the community and to recovery in the area, and I congratulate Council and the Pathways Group on their initiative.”

The project will not be dissimilar to the New Plymouth, Napier, and Wellington pathways which stretch along their coastal edges. The award winning six-kilometre pathway in New Plymouth averages over 40,000 users a month.

“It is most heartening following the unprecedented level of public support across the Port Hills and Christchurch communities with over 1,400 locals lodging submissions to Council we now have this community partnership in place,” say Mel Slemint and Michael Sleigh, Committee Members for the Pathway Group.
“We are sure the Christchurch Coastal Pathway will make the most of our dramatic and varied coastline, making it accessible to locals and visitors, protecting and enhancing the habitat for wildlife and connecting the earthquake-damaged communities along its route.”

The Council, working with the CCPG, will commission award-winning landscape architects Wraight & Associates, who will lead a multi-disciplinary team to undertake the first stage of the design and master plan work. This will include outlining how future construction could be integrated with SCIRT repair works to the area and how to minimise both costs and disturbance.

Extensive consultation with the wider community and stakeholders including Ngai Tahu, the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, the Christchurch Estuary Association, the local yacht clubs and residents will be undertaken. The first formal consultation meetings will start in late September and be followed by further meetings in October 2012.

Reported by Melanda Slemint of CCPG

26 June 2012 Update

12 June Update

Guest speaker - Grant Porteous past Director of Parks and Planning New Plymouth Council. Grant was a key staff member involved in the commissioning of the New Plymouth walkway. He will share with us the process they undertook to achieve the New Plymouth Walkway and what the benefits have been to the district and the residents.

30 May 2012 Update

Dear Supporter

If you want to make the start of the construction of the Coastal Pathway from Ferrymead to Sumner a reality this year then it is critical that you attend the hearing of our  submission at the City Council Chambers next Tuesday, 5 June, at 11.30 am, 53 Hereford Street.

Brings any friends or family along including children not at school to support the Coastal Pathway Group in presenting the submission you recently signed asking the Council to undertake the master planning of the Pathway as soon as possible.

If the Council doesn’t start the master planning now then the Christchurch Community will miss a huge once-in a-life-time opportunity to establish the Pathway at the same time that the Council and CERA are repairing the infrastructure along the coastal margin from Ferrymead to Sumner and miss the opportunity to use all the recent rock fall as material for the Pathway.

If it doesn't happen now then we and our great great-grandchildren could be waiting another 130 years!!

Please come to the hearing for yourself, your family and the greater Christchurch Community.

We would love to see over 200 people attend. The more the better!!!!  

We look forward to seeing you all there.      

22 May 2012 Update

A BIG THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORTING THE SUBMISSION!!!The Coastal Pathway Group obtained 1,390 signatures + 59 + 79 late signatures and addresses in support of its submission to the Council’s Annual Plan requesting that the Masterplanning process for the pathway starts as soon as possible. That number of submissions is huge by any standards  and shows the absolute commitment of both the residents and businesses of the Hill Suburbs as well as wider Christchurch to see this Coastal Pathway built soon.

After 130 years of asking for the Pathway, it now seems more likely than ever but there is still a long way to go. Please tell anyone you know what a great City asset it will be and if you can, come to the Council’s hearing of our submission.  If lots of us attend the hearing then the Council will know how serious Christchurch is about the Pathway. We will be in touch further when we know the specific date and time of our hearing. At this stage it will be on one of the four followings days; 31 May or 5,6 or 8 June at the Council Chambers in town. Attending the hearing in large numbers will carry significant weight. It will be great if we can get fill all of the public Gallery with 100-200 people. Children are also welcome. 

18 May 2012 Update

The Christchurch Coastal Pathway is lodging a SUBMISSION ON DRAFT ANNUAl PLAN 2012-2013. 

Following our successful deputation to Council last week which saw the Councillors agree to the concept of a Coastal Pathway. We now have a golden opportunity in the Council’s Annual Plan to get some money on budget for the master planning of this pathway. Could you please print off some copies of our submission and get as many signatures as you can by midday Monday 21st? Drop the completed forms into the dropbox at the Sumner Community Noticeboard or all shops in Sumner have the form to sign on their counter.

Get as many people / work collegues / friends to sign it.

10 May 2012 Update

Christchurch City Councillors were today unanimous in their support for the vision of a Christchurch Coastal Pathway, and have granted a 4m width adjacent to the proposed 3-laning, and will reconfigure the new Ferrymead Bridge to continue the pathway across it with a width of 3.5m.

This is an enormously positive step forwards for us, and an enormous credit is due: to Mike Sleigh who spoke so compellingly today; to Linda Rutland who has worked tirelessly throughout; to Megan Wraight and Martin Bryant who successfully conveyed something of our vision at the last deputation; to Barry Cook who has managed to communicate our needs in the second deputation in a most rational manner; to Alistair Cory-Wright and his son who spoke so eloquently at our first deputation; to Spokes for their amazing support; to Janine Banbury who has insisted we keep our eye on the Vision all along and to Tim Carter and Yani Johanson who’ve guided and supported us throughout this process. And of course to all of you guys who have supported this project throughout the last year or so. 

We’re definitely on track to create something amazing now!