Feedback released on future of Victoria Square

Posted 04 Jun 2015 by GovtBeehive Popular
Posted in CERA/Govt

Nicky Wagner | Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner says people want to see Victoria Square preserved as a green, tranquil space that recognises its history.

The community participation process on the future of Victoria Square is underway, and almost 2200 survey responses were received from the public in the first round of feedback. This information has now been collated and the summary of feedback has been released.

“I’m delighted at how many people took the time to have their say on this important civic asset,” Ms Wagner says.

“This process highlighted that people want the green spaces, curved paths and historical elements kept, but feedback also suggests including more recognition of Maori culture and improving amenities.

“People enjoy the sense of space within Victoria Square and the access they have to Otakaro/Avon River. However, they also recognise that there are improvements that can be made to enhance the space and make it safer.

“Overall, the message is clear that only small changes that retain the key tranquil qualities will be supported by the community.”

The feedback and proposed designs will be closely reviewed by an Independent Reference Group made up of heritage, local business, tourism, accessibility and youth organisations alongside Ngāi Tūāhuriri and members of the team that developed the current design during the 1980s.

“It is essential that any proposals are looked at by a cross-section of our community and then put out for wider comment,” Ms Wagner says.

The second round of public comment is due to begin this winter. This is part of wider six-month long community participation process and the final design is expected to be released in September.

Victoria Square (Market Place)

 

Feedback released on the future of Victoria Square

Victoria Square should be a green, tranquil space that recognises its history, according to a recent survey that will inform a new plan for the area.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and its partners are running a community participation process on the future of Victoria Square. In the first round of public feedback 2200 survey responses were received.

Read the summary of feedback [PDF 813KB, 28 pages]

Read the media release

The feedback is being used to guide development of a draft future plan for Victoria Square that will be released for public comment during winter 2015. A final future plan will be released in September as illustrated in the diagram below. No changes will be made to Victoria Square until the community participation process is complete.

Victoria Square community participation process.
Themes highlighted in the survey include:

  • retaining a maximum amount of green space, trees and flowerbeds
  • maintaining pedestrian access to, from and within Victoria Square
  • retaining and enhancing curved paths
  • improving lighting and surveillance to enhance safety
  • removing and replacing all dead and diseased trees
  • improving access to the Ōtākaro/Avon River and its banks
  • recognising the shared history and culture associated with Victoria Square
  • retaining prominent existing features such as statues, Pou Whakairo, Bowker Fountain, horse ramp, floral clock and remembrance plaques
  • ensuring any new additions support the current green, relaxing environment.

Victoria Square Community Reference Group


Development of the future plan for Victoria Square is being overseen by the Victoria Square Community Reference Group to ensure it stays true to community views and aspirations.

The members reflect a cross-section of the Christchurch community – please see the table below.

Organisation Representative
Matapopore/Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tūāhuriri Debbie Tikao, Rakihia Tau
Christchurch Youth Council James Adams, Savannah Pedofsky
University of Canterbury Students' Association Luke Gillespie
Christchurch Beautifying Association David Moyle
Heritage New Zealand Rob Hall, Mike Vincent
Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board Sara Templeton (Chair)
Barrier Free NZ Trust  Lorraine Guthrie
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism Caroline Blanchfield
Historian   Geoff Rice
Vanilla Ice   Raewyn and George Taylor
Edge Landscape Projects Ltd Grant Edge

Read the Community Reference Group's Terms of Reference [PDF223KB, 2 pages]

Aerial image of Victoria Square (2014).
Aerial image of Victoria Square (2014).

The summary of feedback and information on the Independent Reference Group can be found at www.ccdu.govt.nz/victoria-square.

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