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Plans for Sockburn Park

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From: Luke Chandler

Dear Christchurch City Council,

in 2007, the Christchurch City Council said:

The toddlers’ pool and adjacent barbecue area [in Sockburn Park] are being retained to create an area for families to enjoy picnics throughout summer

11 years later, this has not happened. The park has fallen into a state of disrepair, with lighting facilities disconnected since demolition, and not reconnected (nor were they intended to be reconnected, Wayne Manu and his team are reviewing to see if this is an option how ever, so full points to him)

I also note that the area is badly overgrown, has become a place for vagrants to throw things into the former toddlers' pool.

My request:

What plans have the council had since 2007 to regenerate Sockburn Park for the community?
What plans currently exist for Sockburn park?
What future does Sockburn park hold for West/South West residents?
What is the annual upkeep of the Squash Facility in Sockburn Park?
What is the annual cost of the former Sockburn community centre?
What plans is there to demolish the former Sockburn community centre?

Yours faithfully,

Luke Chandler

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Christchurch City Council

Dear Luke,

Thank you for your email.

We are handling your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA). Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate Christchurch City Council staff, and we will provide a response or update within 20 working days of the date we received your request.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Rainey
Senior Information Adviser and Privacy Officer
Office of the Chief Executive
Christchurch City Council
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8011
PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154

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Christchurch City Council

Dear Luke,

Staff are preparing a response for your question below.

Can you clarify what you mean by Sockburn Community Centre? Are you referring to the former Sockburn Service Centre?

Kind regards,

Sean

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From: Luke Chandler

Hi Sean,

I am indeed referring to the former Sockburn Service Centre

Yours sincerely,

Luke Chandler

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Christchurch City Council

Dear Luke,

 

Thank you for your email, received on 18 July 2018. You requested the
following information, under the Local Government Official Information and
Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA):

 

In 2007, the Christchurch City Council said:

 

The toddlers’ pool and adjacent barbecue area [in Sockburn Park] are being
retained to create an area for families to enjoy picnics throughout summer

 

11 years later, this has not happened. The park has fallen into a state of
disrepair, with lighting facilities disconnected since demolition, and not
reconnected (nor were they intended to be reconnected, Wayne Manu and his
team are reviewing to see if this is an option how ever, so full points to
him)

 

I also note that the area is badly overgrown, has become a place for
vagrants to throw things into the former toddlers' pool.

 

My request:

 

What plans have the council had since 2007 to regenerate Sockburn Park for
the community?

What plans currently exist for Sockburn park?

What future does Sockburn park hold for West/South West residents?

What is the annual upkeep of the Squash Facility in Sockburn Park?

What is the annual cost of the former Sockburn community centre?

What plans is there to demolish the former Sockburn community centre?

 

Council Response

The Council has responded to your questions below:

 

What plans have the council had since 2007 to regenerate Sockburn Park for
the community?

 

A concept plan was drafted in 2007 following the Sockburn Pool demolition.
This concept plan was not finalised and did not go out for community
consultation. It was not considered or approved by the Community Board.

 

What plans currently exist for Sockburn park?

 

The paddling pool, shelter, barbeques, pump shed, seating and fencing
around this area is due to be removed to ground level during the next
three months, and will be capped with metal/soil and will become a grassed
area.

 

What future does Sockburn park hold for West/South West residents?

 

There is a project in the approved 2018-2028 Long Term Plan to develop a
landscape plan with the community in FY26 and implement the plan in FY27
unless this funding is brought forward.

 

What is the annual upkeep of the Squash Facility in Sockburn Park?

 

The Council's Recreation Sports Unit currently budgets $12,400 for the
facility maintenance. The maintenance upkeep for this facility includes
services relating to weather tightness of building, some plumbing and
drainage work, electrical, window treatments, paint, grounds maintenance
also fire service contracts and BWOF certification. There are other minor
works included in the upkeep and also items which are the tenant's
responsibility.

 

What is the annual cost of the former Sockburn service centre?

 

Last Year (July 2017 to June 2018) Council's operating costs for the site
were $41,131 (including repairing vandalism, security patrols, and general
ground maintenance).

 

What plans is there to demolish the former Sockburn service centre?

 

The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board considered the future of
this facility at its meeting of 14 August 2018.  The staff recommendation
is to demolish the building.  Information can be found at 
[1]http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open....

The Community Board supported the demolition of the site as soon as
possible.

 

You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review our
decision. Complaints can be sent by email to
[2][email address], by fax to (04) 471 2254, or by post to
The Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sean Rainey

Senior Information Adviser and Privacy Officer

Office of the Chief Executive

Christchurch City Council

53 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8011

PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154

 

 

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