128 days ago

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2 hours ago

Petrol lawn mowers wanted running or not.

Shaun from Burnside

Hello every body I am after any unwanted lawn mowers running or not. Save yourself the hassle of taking to the dump I can pick up anywhere.would be much appreciated if you have anything to help please message me thanks for reading.

13 days ago

'Weaponising rates': Debate over plans to spur on vacant Christchurch landowner

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From reporter Steven Walton:

Is it an illegal policy, or the perfect deterrent to land-bankers?

That was the clash of perspectives in the Christchurch City Council chamber on Wednesday, as developers and residents presented to councillors about its controversial proposal to significantly hike the rates of vacant central city land.

Prominent developers, including Richard Peebles, Philip Carter, Dean Marshall, and Ernest Duval, told city councillors on Wednesday they were going after the vacant land problem the wrong way. Carter claimed the proposal was illegal.

But, a central city neighbourhood association says the plan will stop land-bankers.

What is the proposal?
- From mid-2022, the council wants to more than double the differential on the “general” component of the rates bill for central city vacant landowners.
- If a site has consented use happening on it, for example a consented temporary car park, it would not be pinged.
- Only sites in the Central City Business Zone or the Central City Mixed Use (South Frame) Zone are part of the proposed hike.
- Sites that are “improved and maintained” in line with the council’s vacant sites improvement guide could apply for a rates remission. - Whether a site is complying will be decided by the council.

Read more here.

1 day ago

Northlink Shopping Centre Langdons Road

Rachel from Russley

The above centre is owned by Papanui Properties Ltd and the only contact is POBox 16323, Hornby 8441.
The centre’s toilets are minimal for the amount of shops that are there, one being Kmart which has thousands of customers alone.
Anyway, the toilets are a disgrace, literally overflowing and have been a disgrace for well over a week.
Even the staff from two shops don’t know how to get a hold of the cleaner!
The rubbish bins are overflowing too, so the centre is a health hazard in general.
I rung the council and they said to ring the Ministry of Health and the lady I spoke to was rude right from the start of the call and said to ring the council.
So here I am writing a public post for all to see.