Council pressed to reopen wharf

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Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014

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The Christchurch City Council is being pressured to reopen a popular Banks Peninsula wharf that has been closed since the quakes because of safety concerns.

The Robinsons Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association wants the old wharf at Robinsons Bay repaired. They say members of the community are willing to chip in and help make it happen.

Association spokesman Lee Robinson told the council's environment committee the community had done repairs on the 100-metre wharf before and were prepared to do so again if that was required to get it reopened.

The 100-year-old structure had been built as a heavy-duty wharf for the export of goods from Banks Peninsula but since World War II it had been used for recreational purposes.

Robinson said the heavy-duty nature of the wharf made it expensive to fix, but it was a valuable amenity. It had heritage as well as recreational value.

Between 15 and 17 piles needed replacing to make it safe. Estimates suggested fully repairing the wharf would cost between $200,000 and $300,000 if the project was contracted out.

But the residents association believed some of the work could be done by the community, which would reduce the costs.

"There are people in the construction industry who have properties in Robinsons Bay who would be more than happy to help," Robinson said.

Cr David East said: "This is a classic project where the community is willing to chip in and if it comes to council I will certainly support it."

Councillors will consider whether to commit funds to fixing the wharf as part of the Annual Plan process.

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