Electric Scooters Coming to Town

Electric scooters are set to be allowed in several towns across the Waimakariri District as part of a six month long trial.

A photo representing electric scooters

All Community Boards are being asked for feedback on the proposed trial, which would include Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Woodend and Pegasus.

A staff report was presented to the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board at their meeting on Monday, and Deputy Board Chair Jackie Watson says the trial is a good opportunity to explore the use of e-scooters, and assess whether there is a place for this technology in the Waimakariri District.

“With on-going parking pressures, e-scooters make a viable and attractive option for people to get where they need to go without using a car. The Board are supportive of greener alternatives to car trips and look forward to the outcome”, says Jackie.

Staff have engaged with the Waimakariri Access Group, Age Friendly Waimakariri and the Youth Council to address any concerns in the trial planning. To address safety concerns, the trial will use “geo-fencing” technology in a bid to stop the scooters being used outside set boundaries.

The proposed trial period is the six months from October/November 2021 to March/April 2022.

New Licence to Occupy for Golden Eagle Brewery Ltd

The Board approved a new Licence to Occupy for Golden Eagle Brewery Ltd.

The Brewery was formerly The Port & Eagle Brewpub which was rebranded as Five Peaks Brew Co in June this year.

The original Licence agreement expired and has now been renewed with some variations to include additional outdoor tables for alcohol service, replacing what was a bean bag area.

As well as extra seating, approval was granted for live music nights on the basis that there would be no more than 12 live music events per year. The frequency of events will be determined in negotiation with the Council.

All other aspects of the original licence agreement remain unchanged.

Funding Support for Older Person’s Expo

The “Older Person’s Expo” is back in October this year and the Board supported a funding request of $500 towards event costs from their Discretionary Grants Fund.

The expo highlights a variety of support networks and groups that are available for older people throughout the Waimakariri District, and is an opportunity to gather information to help support people’s needs as well as providing a social occasion for senior members of the community.