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Community board unhappy with City Council plan

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The Halswell-Hornby-Community Board is unhappy with some changes proposed to the City Council’s draft annual plan, and wants to hear from residents.

Because of the impact that events have had on the city, country and world, the council is re-evaluating its proposed annual plan. And because of a legal deadline it faces, it says there is not enough time to hold separate hearings to allow public consultations. However, community boards will be able to make a verbal submission on Friday this week (19th June).

City Council over-rules Community Board, still plans to block traffic between Middleton and Ilam Roads

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The Christchurch City Council has over-ridden a plea from the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Comunity Board to reconsider major traffic changes at the intersection of Riccarton, Ilam and Middleton Roads.

The council plan will significantly impact the intersection, blocking traffic from travelling between Middleton and Ilam Roads. Middleton Road is a major feed to Canterbury University, but through traffic will be prevented under the plan. Instead, traffic will be able to make only left turns coming from each direction. Right turns into Riccarton Road will also be banned.

Western News delivery changes

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The Western News, which covers the Riccarton area, is one of the free Christchurch suburban papers published by the Star group of companies. As with many small papers, it had to cease printing when Lockdown 4 was introduced, but later began publishing online. It has now started printing again, but if you previously received it in your letterbox, you may be wondering why it's no longer coming.

Before, it was delivered on a Tuesday as a separate item. Now, delivery has begun on a Thursday, as an insert into the Christchurch Star. So if you don't get the Star, you won't get the Western News. However, you can arrange to receive both, still free, by phoning the Star office at 379 7100.

Rārākau: Riccarton Centre is open

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This includes the City Council’s customer services desk and booking use. Measures to protect visitors and users of the centre are in place to meet physical distancing and contact tracing requirements.

Review of the Riccarton West Community Garden and pantry

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In partnership with the Christchurch City Council, the Oak Development Trust is carrying out a survey of the Riccarton West Community Garden. This is part of the community consultation of the review and you are invited to contribute. You can fill it in online by clicking on this link:


It should take only a few minutes and your feedback is really appreciated. There are also paper copies at the Pantry and the Trust office, 80 Rattray Street. It closes on Friday 12 June.

Normal church services resuming

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With the government raising from today the number of people who can join together in one place, Riccarton churches are starting to move from online services via Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. All churches will be observing strict safety and distancing, but after-service morning teas are out for the moment.

Riccarton Baptist Church will start normal services from this Sunday, 10am, at 80 Rattray St.

Riccarton Community Church will start normal services on 7th June at 44 Elizabeth St, at 9am and 11am. However, people wishing to attend need to book in advance, so the church can keep numbers within the limits.

St Ninian's Presbyterian Church will begin meeting on 7th June, at 5 Puriri St, at 9.30am. However, the church discovered two weeks before the Level 4 lockdown that its main church building is below earthquakes standards, and meetings will initially be held in the church hall.

St Teresa's Catholic Church is in the process of amalgamating with three other parishes, and for the present will be known as The Catholic Parish of Christchurch West. The re-organisation will incorporate St Teresa's (Puriri St, Riccarton), St Bernadette's (Hornby) and Our Lady of Victories (Sockburn), although all three churches will still be used for masses. Masses will start tomorrow, Saturday, 30 May, but parishioners will need to register beforehand to attend by going to the website, christchurchwest.org.nz. Mass times: Saturday Vigil, 6pm Sockburn & Hornby. Sunday: 8am Riccarton; 9am Sockburn & Hornby; 10am Riccarton; 11am Sockburn & Hornby; 3pm Sockburn; 5pm Riccarton & Sockburn; 7pm Riccarton.