Chaotic Cherry Concerns Carefully Considered

Published: 28-May-2018

Concerns have long been raised by residents about the roots from the cherry trees in Mansfield subdivision interfering with footpaths and lawns. Last night at its March meeting, the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board decided the fate of the cherry trees.

The CulpritsCouncil staff recommended case-by-case removal and replacement of problem trees either by resident request or natural attrition as the trees neared the end of their lifespan. The replacement trees will be a similar species of cherry tree, however be smaller and have less invasive roots. 

The Board voted to proceed with the staff’s recommendation as long as residents were informed they could request the removal of individual trees when needed.

Board Chair Jackie Watson was pleased to see a resolution passed, “Although we’ve had relatively few complaints over the last couple of years, it’s good to see that we now have a way forward for resident’s who’ve been patiently waiting for a solution to these trees.”

The Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi community board also received a presentation from Council staff and representatives of North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust on the proposed Multi-Use Sports Facility.  Although the facility is proposed for Coldstream Road in Rangiora, it will be paid for by all ratepayers in the Waimakariri District.

Board members questioned the economic benefit it would provide to Kaiapoi and asked if the current available indoor facilities were fully utilised. The Trust assured the Board that they were and would continue to be well used even if the proposed facility was built.

The $27.8m proposal is currently open for public consultation as part of the Council’s Draft Long Term Plan.

An apology was received from Jack Clyne who was due to speak on behalf of the Kaiapoi Community Watch.  He did however pass on his thanks to the Board for a $500 grant that assisted successful fundraising efforts to buy a new car and uniforms for the organisation.

Board members quickly approved a $500 grant to the Waimakariri Arts Trust – Kaiapoi Art Expo and Schools’ Art Expo.  The Trust requested funding to help with advertising costs and venue costs and board members expressed their ongoing appreciation and support of the expo.

Jackie Watson was also voted to represent the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board on the Northern Pegasus Bay Advisory Group. 

The next meeting will take place on Monday 16 April, 4pm, Meeting Room 1 (upstairs), Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi.