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Council welcomes more retail feedback on the City Mall

30 March 2007

Council staff welcome all feedback on the City Mall project and are happy to answer any questions from retailers or the public. Information on the City Mall is also available on our website at

The consultation on what traffic, if any, will be allowed to access the City Mall is yet to take place and is programmed for June 2007.

City Environment General Manager, Jane Parfitt says, "Council staff are sorry if some people are confused about the project. I can assure everyone they will be hearing plenty about the project soon. We have planned extensive communications around the next phase of consultation."

Although the council has agreed on a concept plan for the City Mall no decision has been made on what, if any, traffic will use the planned service lanes until a Special Consultative Procedure (SCP) is run.

In December Council made two key decisions on the mall.

It adopted an overall design for the renovation of the City Mall. This design includes narrow one-way service lanes in High and Cashel Streets

Council agreed to run a Special Consultative Procedure (SCP) to review all traffic options available for the Mall. Council has not made a final decision on what traffic will be allowed in the Mall, but decided to keep all options for the service lanes on the table.

Limited traffic access is necessary on both Cashel and High Streets for emergency and service vehicles. The present situation allows service vehicles to drive anywhere in the mall area but this doesn’t work well. The agreed City Mall concept plan restricts service vehicles to the defined service lanes.

As the City Mall concept plan has already been agreed to, construction in the City Mall may start as early as July 2007, beginning in High St.

The City Mall redevelopment project is part of the Council’s Central City Revitalisation Strategy to regenerate the central city as a vibrant, successful and well designed city. This revitalisation is vital to the well-being of Christchurch and the region and will help Christchurch achieve the vision for a world-class city.

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