Newsline - Sumner Regeneration Work Begins
Sumner regeneration work begins
Community ideas are coming to fruition as work begins on the regeneration of Sumner Village.
Christchurch City Council Head of Urban Design, Urban Regeneration and Heritage, Carolyn Ingles, said the tender process to slow traffic, widen footpaths and build cycle lanes in the village would begin later this year.
"It's an exciting time for the people of Sumner. They've lived through some really hard years and now they're going to see their ideas come to fruition as this masterplan work gets underway," Ms Ingles said. "The Sumner Village Centre Masterplan was an excellent example of the community working with Council to create a better place to live and work."
The changes aim to revive Sumner's commercial centre and create a more pedestrian-friendly environment - a key stage in fulfilling the Sumner Village Centre Master Plan, created after the February 2011 earthquake.
The Christchurch City Council last month agreed to the changes, kick-starting the contracts and tender process.
"In a way, this masterplan has been the poster child for community masterplans, and we've seen other suburbs follow suit. We've worked closely together with the community, trying to match their vision with Council, and make a realistic plan for the future. The Joint Advisory Group process used to prepare this plan, combined with a second round of public consultation, has helped us to get to this stage," Ms Ingles said.
Under the proposed changes, footpaths in the commercial centre, and outside the site of the new Sumner library and community centre, will be widened.
Street lighting will be upgraded, new public seating installed, paving laid at key intersections, and trees and landscaping used to enhance the village's look and feel.
A new continuous cycle lane will be installed through the village, and the vehicle speed limit will be reduced to 30kmh.
Council General Manager for City Services David Adamson said the changes would complement other work underway in the area, including the construction of the new community centre, and work to re-open the earthquake damaged Sumner Road, between Lyttelton and the Summit Road, by early 2018.
"This road is a hugely important link between two communities that really relate to each other - and at least two key masterplan projects to be led by the Council will come to fruition around the same time as the construction of the that road finishes," Mr Adamson said.
The Council had also created a Sumner Village Design Guide to help developers and business owners in the area to make good design choices to complement the natural surrounds.
The design guide was not binding, but provided an opportunity for investors and business people in Sumner to try and achieve some cohesive development.
Find out more on the Sumner Village Master Plan.