Road to Sumner faces overnight closures

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 16:52 17/07/2013
Sumner Rd containers
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BIG JOB: Main Rd, from Shag Rock to Clifton Tce, will be closed from 9.30pm to 5am from July 28 to August 2.

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Closing the main road to Christchurch's seaside suburb overnight for six days could be the "death knell" for local businesses, a local business owner says.

The section of Main Rd where a string of shipping containers lie between Clifton Tce and Shag Rock will be closed from 9.30pm to 5am from Sunday, July 28, to Friday, August 2.

The closure will allow workers to move the double-stacked containers so the cycle lanes at Shag Rock Reserve can be reinstated.

Motorists will be forced to take a detour up Evans Pass Rd and Summit Rd through to Mount Pleasant while the road is closed.

The council said the detour would add about 15 minutes to the drive. A council spokesman said the traffic management plan had been submitted by the contractor but had not yet been approved by the council.

The council said this morning electronic signs had been put up on Tuesday before all the details had been finalised and incorrectly stated the closure would happen next week.

Sumner Community Residents' Association chairman Darren Wright said he was "extremely disappointed" about the way the closure had been communicated and the effect it would have on local businesses.

"The people of Sumner recognise the work needs to be done ... we just want it minimised."

Tanya and Glenn Michael, who owned the Headless Mexican restaurant, said up to 14 businesses would be directly affected by the closure, as well as the many people who worked or lived in the suburb.

"This could be the death knell to local businesses," Glenn Michael said. "We're only a night-time establishment. This will just kill us."

They thought the council should start the work after public buses stopped operating for the night, which was up to 12.40am on some days.

"There's never any negotiation or consultation," Tanya Michael said. "[The council] just do something like they have, which is put it down to costs or whatever; it's about time they actually backed that up."  

Emergency services will still be able to use the road.

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