One of my indelible childhood memories of life in Christchurch is of Cathedral Square, watching the Wizard, the Bible Lady and the Birdman. I also remember the homeless men, who hung out everyday in a City Mission caravan.
Motorists visiting Christchurch's city centre will continue to get their first hour's parking for free at council-owned buildings.
As part of its long-term plan deliberations, the Christchurch City Council extended the one-hour free parking offer at the Lichfield St and Christchurch Art Gallery parking buildings through until the end of January 2019.
Central Christchurch is set to benefit from a win-win deal between the health board and the council to move a hospital park-and-ride scheme, business leaders say.
It was revealed this week the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) will relocate its Christchurch Hospital shuttle service for staff, patients and visitors from a Deans Ave site slated for potholes and puddles to the Christchurch City Council's under-utilised, $31.3 million Lichfield St car park building from July 2.
Plans to use a mostly-empty parking building in central Christchurch as the base for a hospital shuttle are being seriously considered.
Christchurch Hospital is running a shuttle service from an open lot on Deans Ave until its parking building, which was destroyed in the earthquakes, can be replaced. The temporary facility has been described as an "appalling potholed mess" that is difficult for people with health problems to navigate. Meanwhile, the Christchurch City Council-owned 805-space Lichfield St car park building, which opened in November after a $31.3 million build, often has more than 500 empty spaces – almost all of which are covered.
Central city businesses are optimistic about road layout changes to make it easier for people to drive into central Christchurch.
A section of Durham St between Lichfield and Tuam streets will have a northbound lane open from Wednesday, which will make it easier for people to access the two car parking buildings on Lichfield St. It will not affect the two southbound lanes.
Empty spaces mean the Christchurch City Council's flash new $31.3 million car parking building appears to be haemorrhaging money. The Lichfield St car park's loss was $18,000 in March alone – it made $69,000 in revenue but cost $87,000 to run.
The 805-space central city building opened in November. Last Monday, Central City Business Association chairman Brendan Chase said the building regularly had more than 500 free spaces.