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A vision document adopted by
the Waimakariri District Council
in September 2010, which
provides a decision making
framework for changes and devel-
opments to Rangiora town centre
over a 10-year period to 2020.
To accommodate population
growth and projected growth over
the next 10 years.
To address concerns about cre-
ating enough floor space for new
retail, business and community
To address concerns about poor
access to the town centre and
availability of parking spaces.
To protect and maintain the
built environment of High
Street and ensure new buildings
The strategy was developed by a
steering group made up of coun-
cillors and members of the Ran-
giora town centre business com-
The steering group was suppor-
ted by reference groups represen-
ting business and property owners
and one representing town centre
Consultation with the com-
munity took place in May/June
2010 and submissions were
received from 76 individuals and
Re-align Red Lion Corner.
Introduce two-way traffic on
Improve the arrival experience
from the south with roundabouts
at Queen/Percival and Queen/Vic-
toria St intersections.
Develop a parking plan to
ensure future parking needs are
met, including improving car
parking in the surrounding areas
of High St.
Revise the district plan to pro-
tect heritage character of High St
and ensure buildings between
King and Ashley/Ivory Sts comple-
ment the character of High St.
Intensification of development to
the north of High St on land cur-
rently used as car parking by
Enhancement of laneways and
pedestrian connections to the
north of High St.
The implementation began in
2011, but has been affected by a
diversion of resources to meet
earthquake recovery needs.
Council staff believe the
fundamentals of the strategy
still hold good but also say deci-
sions by land/building owners
regarding key sites may have an
impact on implementation pro-
jects and could either hasten or
Pressure on to change
disliked Red Lion corner
SEEING RED: The current layout of Red Lion corner cuts off the Rangiora town centre from pedestrians and drivers
coming from the east.
Today we begin a series of articles examining town centres in the region, beginning with Rangiora.
CATE BROUGHTON reports. . .
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REALIGNING RED Lion Corner
could come sooner than expected,
if the Waimakariri District
Council decides to fast track the
It has been identified by council
staff as a key component in the
Rangiora town centre strategy,
opening the town up for locals and
Re-alignment would involve
moving the section of Ashley Rd
north of High St to the east where
the Westpac bank and Salvation
Army sit, and installing traffic
lights at the intersection with
Commuters would have access
to High St from the south, as High
St would revert to being a two-
Council roading manager Ken
Stevenson said the current layout
of the corner cut off the town cen-
tre from pedestrians and drivers
coming from the east.
Surveys on attitudes towards
the corner and the one-way sys-
tem in High St had shown a high
degree of dissatisfaction.
However, the project s price tag
of $3.8 million could have implica-
tions for rates, chief executive Jim
Funding for the project had
been set aside in the council s long
term plan, but would need to be
Hopes the New Zealand Trans-
port Authority would shoulder up
to 60 per cent of the cost have
faded, with the project unlikely to
meet the authority s cost-benefit
criteria, Mr Palmer said.
Construction on the project was
originally intended to start in
2017-18, but council staff say if
they get the go-ahead they would
make it happen as soon as
Three properties have been
identified for purchase for the
project to go ahead. Last year the
council purchased the Westpac
Bank building on the corner of
Ashley and High streets for
Mr Stevenson said staff would
contact property owners to deter-
mine who will be on board , then
refine the plan accordingly.
Property purchases will be
required along Ashley St depend-
ing on the final alignment and it
is likely to involve at least part of
the Salvation Army, CPIT (owned
by Luisetti Seeds) and the car
sales yard property (on High St).
Luisetti Seeds director Edward
Luisetti said they would be happy
to work in with the council.
We ve always tried to work in
with the council, especially if its
for the benefit of the community
as a whole.
Red Lion Corner a
diabolical stuff up
say angry residents
TOURIST TRAP: Enjoying a coffee in the sun in Rangiora yesterday, these
friends said the Red Lion corner was very confusing for drivers. ''They need to
change it because people don't know what they are doing, especially out of
towners,'' Cheryl Rault, 52, right, said. With her are Tania Anderson, left, and
Anita Lovell from Rangiora.
By CATE BROUGHTON
DANGEROUS, DIABOLICAL and
ridiculous -- those were the words
chosen to describe the Red Lion
Corner by High St shoppers
approached by the Northern Out-
look yesterday morning.
Most supported the proposed
fast-tracking of the project --
despite the $3.8 million price tag.
Mother of three Alana Hand
said something needs to be done ,
as it made getting around the
town difficult. She said crossing
Albert St at the intersection with
High St had also become danger-
Shailesh Vallabh, who has
owned the dairy at 97 High St for
14 years, said he lost 40 per cent
of his business when High St was
turned into a one way street in
I would like to see it re-aligned
as soon as possible.
Another proponent of change
was Amanda Churchwood, who
said the configuration made rush
hour traffic diabolical .
Loburn resident Rona McKen-
zie said the corner was very awk-
Most outspoken on the topic
was Keith Hodgson, who was
almost lost for words.
What can you say? They
stuffed the town up by doing that
originally so they should go back
to what it was. It s ridiculous.
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