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City News - July 2018

News Update July 2018

It has been a busy couple of months with some good progress being made here in the city. The Business Association successfully submitted to receive two additional years organisational funding from the city council, which will provide us with the opportunity to complete our Strategic Plan.

Building membership is part of our strategic plan and we have set a big target to meet. To help us meet our target, we are looking to employ a CCBA membership recruiter. The association realises that our strength lies in our membership but as members, that also becomes your strength, because collectively we have a bigger voice. Having this additional resource will help free up more of my time to assist business issues.

Begging and Homelessness


We have worked very hard and advocated to progress the multi agency approach to resolving the homeless and begging issues in the city. We have partnered with the Council, Safer CHCH, Police, City Mission and other agencies that have some responsibility around this issue.

Some good progress has been made and it is very encouraging to see the Police activating their strategy to help reduce the incidences of homelessness and begging. We assisted gaining police delegated authority to remove two problematic camp sites in the city, one in Hereford Street and the other along Armagh Street.

It is also encouraging to see the Police upping foot patrols in the city along with two new social workers being hired to address rough sleeping after complaints about streeties "aggressively begging" in central Christchurch. The city council will decide today if it will help fund an outreach social work service to further support.


Hospital Park & Ride
The Business Association proposed the hospital park and ride initiative that is now in place at the Lichfield Street Carpark. We saw this as a win win for the city as we believe this will help acclimatise more people to the city centre and an provide opportunity to capture some of these new visitors to the city centre. 

There have been strong numbers going through the carpark indicating the initiative is working and I look forward to seeing the numbers come through for the park and ride service. 

One Hour Free Parking

The Association advocated for the one hour free parking initiative to continue through the winter period to help assist trading. The council has agreed to continue this service and have committed to provide one hour free through to January 2019.

Our Next City Business Forum

August 9th 2018

We have Superintendent Lane Todd who is going to talk about policing in the central city, the strategy and new resources to be implemented. This will be a great opportunity to hear directly what the police will be implementing with the opportunity to ask questions.

We will also have an insurance expert talk to you about managing business and personal risk. Great topics and I will be sending out an invitation to you shortly. 

Road Works

Hereford Street Bridge
We successfully advocated that the planned Ōtākaro Hereford Street bridge works be postponed and co-ordinated with the Council planned Hereford Street upgrade work set to start next year. The bridge re-instatement works were going to shut Hereford Street down to one lane west bound traffic only for three months, which would have seriously hindered the newly established businesses on Oxford Tce and Hereford Street.

We understand these works will now be aligned with the council Hereford Street works planned for next year and want to thank Ōtākaro for seeing the sense in combining and streamlining both work programmes. 

Manchester & Armagh Street
You will be able to travel down Manchester Street two-way for the first time in four years by 16th  July and busses by 6th August. Armagh / Manchester Street corner works are also set to be completed at the same time finalising all works in this area. The completion will come as some relief to the business that have been affected over these years and provide a platform for a very good summer. 

However, Worcester Street is set to have some planned works commence shortly. This is to ensure the roadworks are out of the way by the time the new Library is completed as they expect there will be large crowds coming in to see the new facility when it opens. 

Oxford Terrace

The City Promenade’s biggest concrete pour to date is happened on the 9th July. This one is 330 cubic metres, which is about 8,250 wheelbarrows and weighs as much as 135 African bush elephants. This will assist giving access to the businesses Miro and The Crane Brothers who have been marooned by construction since they opened. That said, I understand Miro are trading reasonably well but only due to the high quality food offering. 


Access and Parking Made Easy!
Below we have updated our easy to understand map of the major off street car parking buildings in the Retail Precinct and how your customers can access them. Please note the two way change to Durham Street from Tuam to Lichfield to enable easy access to the Lichfield Street car park. Please feel free to download this map and share it on your social media networks. 

          It is easy as they are all located on two streets, Lichfield and Hereford Streets 





CHCH Central Facebook

We are always looking for content for our Facebook so we encourage you to use it. If you have promotions or something special coming up, please let us know. Send me through the details including any images, so we can help you promote your business. My details are listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

CHCH Central Website

We would also like to remind our members that we offer the opportunity for you to update the content on your webpage. You may have new seasonal images or new product that you want to promote. Again, please send me the information so we can update your page and keep it fresh. 



Paul Lonsdale
Central City Business Association 

Mobile: 021 2233 963.