Latest update about changes inside the Four Avenues. And a bright idea for the future from a local...Jenny Cooper lives in the central city and is a full-time children's illustrator, with a project.
"I want to collect broken china from our lovely city, and, once the rebuild begins, create a public mosaic space here for everyone to enjoy.
My thought is that in 6 months or so, when the city begins to be rebuilt, we could create a beautiful mosaic path or wall or seating area, depending on the amount of broken china we get, somewhere in the city. "
I think it is a great idea and am keen to support her vision....if you can help see her poster attached.....
Latest Logistic Information
Trial entry into Red Zone
* Trial runs will be conducted today and tomorrow as Civil Defence officials formulate a strategy for providing safe access for residents and businesses to the Red Zone.
* Limited, highly controlled entry will be provided to property owners and tenants of New Regent Street today (Monday), and the Price Waterhouse Cooper building tomorrow (Tuesday).
* Two to four nominees from each property or floor, depending on the size of the building, will be able to retrieve items critical to moving on with their lives or livelihoods. The items will need to be able to fit into wheelie bins.
* Business owners wanting to access the Red Zone, who require critical items and whose details have been registered on the Recover Canterbury website, will be contacted if and when they can access their buildings.
* The plan may vary for other red zone buildings depending on feedback from these trial runs.
* Civil Defence cautions that this will be a slow process due to the complexity of the work and the safety issues involved.
* Civil Defence is also looking into how critical items retrieval may be possible from some red placarded buildings.
Cordon accreditation* New passes and tighter protocols will be put in place to facilitate access for those with a legitimate need to be in Christchurch's inner city area.
* It will also tighten security in the area, with old passes issued to demolition companies being rescinded, and new ones issued to all demolition contractors.
* Civil Defence takes the property rights of owners very seriously and understands the frustrations of residents and business owners who are trying to retrieve their possessions.
* These new passes will be provided once the process has been finalised.
Details for when and how these passes will be given out will be announced shortly.
Demolitions* The moratorium on demolition and deconstruction work has ceased. From today, specific, signed off work will continue.
* Civil Defence takes seriously any suggestion of criminal activity by demolition companies and contractors within the Red Zone and the protection of people's property rights is paramount.
* Because of this, and due to information received from Police, Civil Defence has withdrawn access for two organisations.
Delay in cordon reduction* There has been a delay in the opening of Zone 5, which was due to be opened to business owners today and the general public tomorrow.
* Future target opening dates will be announced as soon as they have been rescheduled.
Water• Water restrictions are still in place in Christchurch. Please continue to minimise your water use:
• Do not water your garden or clean your vehicles
1 Have a quick shower
2 Only use your dishwasher when it's full
3 Only use your washing machine when you have a full load
4 Minimise toilet flushing.
• There are a number of leaks in the city's reservoirs and water pipes, which is leading to a decrease in water supplies.
1 Water has been restored to all Christchurch properties except for the Red Zone within the CBD. If any residents are still without water, they should phone 03 941 8999.
2 Twenty-five chlorination units have been installed and are operating in areas of the city where water infrastructure has been badly damaged.
3 Both chlorinated and non-chlorinated water must continue to be boiled for at least three minutes for drinking and food preparation.
4 Boiling chlorinated or storing it an open vessel in the refrigerator will reduce the smell and taste of chlorine in drinking water.
5 There are 61 temporary water supply sites around Christchurch.
Bikes available for retrieval from today* Bikes retrieved from the CBD can be claimed daily between 7am and 8pm.
* Bike owners should go to the Armagh Street entrance of Hagley Park and provide proof of ownership.
* Motorcycles are to be retrieved using the standard vehicle recovery process. Owners can log a request with the Vehicle Recovery team at www.police.govt.nz.
Toilets* Port-a-loos that fell over during last night's stormy weather conditions will be fixed through regular scheduled maintenance visits. Where this has not happened, residents can phone 03 941 8999.
* Residents with port-a-loos on their street are encouraged to use them even if their own toilet is working.
* Please do not put plastic bags in chemical or portable toilets as this causes blockages.
Rubbish collection* Normal kerbside collection has resumed today and normal days and frequencies apply.
* Collections will not be carried out in the inner city cordoned area.
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