Kaiapoi Tuahiwi Update – June 19 Meeting

Published: 21-Jun-2017

The Silver Birch trees in McDougall Place are to be removed. This decision was made at Monday’s meeting of the Kaiapoi Tuahiwi Community Board following deputations from four local residents.

Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Group Portrait 2017This decision was made at Monday’s meeting of the Kaiapoi Tuahiwi Community Board following deputations from four local residents.

While their removal did not meet the criteria set by council for action, the board accepted that the issues the trees were creating for local residents, such as gutter maintenance and blocked drains from stray leaves and branches, had advanced beyond the point where adequate mitigation plans would prevent these issues from reoccurring.

The Board resolved that the trees should be replaced by another species of juvenile tree, flowering cherry, at an appropriate time.

As part of discussion around the upcoming speed limit consultation for the new arterial road in west Kaiapoi, the Board also tackled the vexed question of road naming, suggesting that the new sections of the arterial from Island Road to Mill Road be named Ohoka Road, subject to consultation with the affected land owners.

These talks will be reported back to the Board.

The discussion also featured Skewbridge Road, with the Board suggesting a change in its name to Flaxton Road, to avoid the confusing circumstance where one piece of road had multiple names.

This request is to be discussed by council staff with the Oxford-Ohoka Community Board, whose ward boundary adjoins Skewbridge Road.

Monday night’s meeting produced some good news for the Kaiapoi Pony Club with the Board accepting a recommendation by council staff for the club to take out a further lease on Silverstream Reserve East land. 

This new lease for the additional land will last until 2025, mirroring conditions of the agreement for the land already being leased by the club.

The new area is currently used for horse grazing, with the current leasee’s term expiring at the end of next month.

The night also provided good news for Kaiapoi High School’s CACTUS programme, who received a Board grant of $945.82 towards its running costs.

In operation since 2014, the Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support (CACTUS) programme aims to create resilience and leadership through physical activities and also promotes healthy eating choices.