Proposals for the Innovating Streets for People fund and the disestablishment of regeneration agency, Regenerate Christchurch, were among the items discussed at today's Council meeting.
Innovating Streets for People proposals
The Council has agreed to submit the following proposals to the second funding round of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets for People programme.
- City to Surf cycleway connection improvements: This proposal seeks to improve shared walking and cycling connections between Christchurch’s city centre and New Brighton beach.
- Lyttelon township to Naval Point shared path link: This proposal seeks to provide a safe connection for people to walk, cycle, skate or scoot between Naval Point and Lyttelton township.
- Hoon Hay Road safer pedestrian crossings: This proposal seeks to provide crossing points along Hoon Hay Road to make it easier for people to cross the road.
- Smith Street cycleway connection between major cycle routes: This proposal seeks to trial a shared path connection between Ferry Road and Linwood Avenue for active transport users and those accessing the new Linwood Pool.
- Colombo Street/Edgeware Road intersection improvements: This proposal seeks to trial place-making initiatives to enhance the safety and vibrancy of this busy intersection.
- Healthy Families Ōtautahi Play Streets: This proposal seeks to introduce the play street concept in Christchurch through using temporary street closures to build on the COVID-19 lockdown experience where streets are free of traffic and can be used as lively, shared spaces where communities can gather and connect.
The Council has today agreed to transfer Regenerate Christchurch’s assets and liabilities to the Council and Crown.
Regenerate Christchurch was set up jointly by the Council and the Crown in 2016 to lead the city’s regeneration. It will be disestablished at the end of this month providing the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill is passed by Parliament.
The Council will then assume the responsibility for leading Christchurch’s regeneration.
The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has also this week approved the transfer agreement.