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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, MARCH 16, 2013
'Consult us on corner revamp'
By CATE BROUGHTON
Franz Bastings, of
Country Cars on
High Street, says he
was disappointed to
read his site would
be affected by the
Red Lion Corner
seek part in
RANGIORA BUSINESS owners
want to see action on the town s
recovery but say the council needs
to support those doing it tough in
The owner of Country Cars on
High Street, Franz Bastings, said
reading about council plans to buy
his site to make way for the
realignment of Red Lion Corner
was a shock .
While he acknowledges the
need to change the troubled
intersection, he said he didn t
want to be pushed off the site he
has occupied for 23 years.
I know this corner is a bugbear
. . .butit sashametheyhaveto
push long-standing businesses out
to do it.
A landlord for five businesses
on Red Lion Corner, Brendan
Leech, said he could understand
the logic behind the realignment
project and supported it.
However, he wanted the council
to look after the businesses
If it s good for the town that s
good but they have to look after
some of these existing businesses
in the area, not just be pushing for
The owner of Solex Shoes,
Pauline Jones, said fencing put up
around the A&P building had
impacted the foot-traffic the shop
would normally get and the
appeal of the area. It just starts
to look derelict.
Waimakariri District Council
chief executive Jim Palmer said
he wasn t sure of the extent of
staff discussions with business
owners about the realignment.
He said the council would not be
in a position to talk to them until
the engineering report on the
A&P building was released.
If that site became available it
would open up another option for
the realignment plan.
Mr Palmer said the Country
Cars site had been identified as
likely to be involved in a realign-
I think he (Mr Bastings) has
been familiar with that, but it s
the extent to which the project is
brought forward and understand-
ing the timeframe that is more his
Better use of parking
may avoid expense
FULL UP?: The council want to make better use
of existing car parking spaces.
PARKING -- or the lack of it -- has
generated widespread dis-
satisfaction over the past few
years, as Rangiora s population
has increased and parking spaces
have stayed about the same.
The Rangiora town centre strat-
egy aims to provide adequate
parking to cater for projected
Many submitters on the strat-
egy said they wanted more car
parking in and around the Blake
St area to the north of High St
and a multi-storey car parking
A parking survey in 2010 con-
cluded there was generally
enough parking spaces to cater for
current demand, but it would
exceed supply by 2017.
Since the strategy was signed
off in September 2010, a parking
management plan has been devel-
oped by consultants and council
staff have begun implementing it.
The plan focuses on increasing
the efficiency of existing parking
facilities by addressing the
supply, distribution and duration
of parking spaces .
Roading manager Ken Steven-
son said the idea is to
better use existing
parking before options
such as multi-storey
car parks are needed.
He said building a
parking building would
be expensive and create
other issues for the
council and the com-
We need to make
the best of what we ve
got and stretch it out as
far as possible.
The strategy also
aims to broaden the
definition of the town
centre so people are
happier to park outside
High St and walk to the
shops or facilities they
want to visit.
To this end, the Ran-
giora Town Centre signs are being
moved further out, he said.
The plan also recommends a re-
design of the Blake St parking
area, to make it more attractive.
However, this will depend on
how High St building owners
respond to the strategy, as they
own land currently used for car
parking there, as well as the coun-
cil.Mr Stevenson said to use the
area for the best overall outcome
for locals and visitors, a col-
laborative approach would work
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Northern Outlook, Private Bag
I prematurely breathed a sigh of
relief when I read in the Outlook
(March 2) that Cera may come to
our aid with earthquake relief,
but alas I got it all wrong again.
The council had to have a meeting
on whether, how, when or if such
aid was to be administered,
accepted, given or even rejected.
Procrastination is yet again
rearing its ugly head.
There are business folk
screaming for help and here we
have a helping hand offered, but
our inept elected representatives
seem too frightened, apprehensive
or plain damned scared to
immediately accept urgently
This uncertainty is
unparalleled in our history.
How much more information
does (the council) need?
Our council is worried about
the potential to reduce council
influence in the future of
We would make more progress
if we had a reduction in council
influence. The prime example is
the Farmers Building, where an
impasse is the only achievement
so far. The council is in a perfect
position to offer arbitration with
the Farmers impasse, to protect
and encourage the surrounding
businesses, open up our main
street, and endeavour to return
our town to its previously
respected proud heritage.
When are our next local body
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