Sydenham, Lyttelton recovery plans signed off

Posted 21 Jun 2012 by MediaStuff Popular
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Recovery plans for earthquake-hit areas in Sydenham and Lyttelton have been signed off, with councillors praising the "fantastic" plans.

Christchurch City councillors have unanimously adopted masterplans for shopping centres in the two areas at their meeting this morning.

Sydenham and Lyttelton were the first suburbs to be chosen for the council's suburban centres programme, which was set up to support the rebuild of quake-damaged commercial areas outside of the city centre.

The plans include information on suitable activities for the area, design guidelines for new buildings, and plans for transport and the streetscape.

Banks Peninsula councillor Claudia Reid said the Lyttelton plan had received "lovely, lovely feedback" from residents who were happy with the bulk of the document.

"What we have ended up with truly reflects the spirit and hopes of the people of Lyttelton, and that's exactly what it was intended to do," Reid said.

The plan would help to ensure that the township's recovery stayed on track, she said.

Spreydon-Heathcote councillors Barry Corbett and Sue Wells also praised the plan for Sydenham, which Corbett said could restore the area to its former glory.

"This plan is going to build that area up again and it's going to be quite special," he said.

Corbett praised staff and the Sydenham community for the work they had done to put the plan together.

"It's wonderful the way everybody has worked in together and come up with a plan that's going to be fantastic for Sydenham."

Wells said she hoped the plan would make the area an attractive place to live and visit for future residents.

"I would hope that in the years to come, my children and grandchildren will have the same sense of charm and wonder and community and attachment that we had with the old places," she said.

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