Avon River plans altered to avoid flooding

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 10:42 03/07/2014
Avon River
DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ
NEW LOOK: A variety of river bank improvements are planned for the Avon River in central Christchurch.

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Some elements of the design plans for the new Avon River precinct have been altered amid concerns they could exacerbate flooding problems in the city.

As part of a $100 million project to regenerate the central city stretch of the Avon River, the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) is proposing to make significant ecological improvements to the waterway and its banks.

However, it has been forced to pare back some of its planned ecological restoration work because of the risk it could lead to increased flooding.

The CCDU recently took receipt of more than 1040 draft construction drawings for the stretch of river from Antigua Street through to Manchester Street and it is due to begin construction work next month.

The section of river in front of the retail precinct will be the first to be tackled.

A CCDU spokeswoman said among the significant ecological improvements planned were the planting of 1700 new trees and well over 100,000 new native plants.

''This is alongside the creation of new cycleways, terraces, boardwalks and a new city promenade that will be a defining feature of the central city for generations to come,'' she said.

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