Chch today: Plans for Huntsbury 'void'

19:59, Mar 16 2014
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PUFFED: Competitors race up the stairs in the annual Canterbury University tower challenge.

Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch.


Cloudy periods are forecast for Christchurch this morning and tonight, along with light winds and a high of 20 degrees Celsius.

More cloud is expected tomorrow, while a northeasterly wind is set to freshen and drizzle is likely late in the day.

Heavy rainfalls and strong easterlies have been forecast for the city on Sunday, causing concerns about flooding in places already saturated after last week's storm and flooding. 

However, the wild weather is not expected to last long, with Monday forecast to be mainly fine, with a high of 24C. 



Two crashes on busy Christchurch roads have disrupted traffic this morning.

The first crash happened at the intersection of Main North and Factory roads in Belfast just before 7am today.

The second crash happened at the intersection of Marshland and Lake Terrace roads about 7.50am, involving two cars. 


Q: I was wondering if you can tell me what the plans are (if there are any) for the "void" between the reservoirs on Huntsbury Hill? The original reservoir has been cut in half due to quake damage. Is this a usable space? I'm thinking it could be a great spot for community gatherings or music events if it was safe and available. Melanie Opie

A: A concept plan for the area, proposing entertainment and playground facilities, was presented to the Spreydon-Heathcote Community Board last year. The board will request the project be considered in the Long-Term Plan. Scirt is carrying out existing work on this site including the construction of a retaining wall, security fencing and reinstatement of landscaping. This is expected to be completed by May 2014. Christchurch City Council


Clap Clap Riot is playing at Dux Live tonight from 8pm, 363 Lincoln Rd. R18 event, tickets $20 on the door.

The Pallet Pavilion is holding a story festival today from 4pm. Entry fee is a donation for the artists. All welcome. Cnr Durham and Kilmore streets.

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