Support for plan to make reserve

17:00, Aug 14 2011

Snow warnings did not deter about 40 Cantabrians from meeting last night to discuss plans to turn the Avon River red zone into a reserve.

The River of Life group organised the meeting after a recent Facebook survey showed more than 95 per cent of respondents wanted to turn the residential red zone, along the banks of the Avon, into a reserve.

More than 1000 people had responded to the survey, spokesman Mark Gibson said.

"A lot of this land was reclaimed wetland, especially around the Bexley area," Gibson said.

"In 1850, the decision to lay aside what seemed a huge parcel of prime land to become Hagley Park was truly visionary.

"Now, out of the destruction wrought by the earthquakes of the past 10 months, we have the chance to be equally as visionary."

While the "severe weather had put some people off", the meeting was well attended by residents and community leaders, Gibson said.

He hoped the meeting would generate "a group of people to help make the idea into a reality".

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