28 August 2018
Extended road barriers are being installed in some parts of the former residential red zone in Christchurch.
The extended barriers are aimed at stopping people from illegally dumping rubbish, boyracers from destroying the vegetation, and to create tighter security in the area.
In early 2016, barriers were placed across roads in the red zone where residents had left, to deter anti-social behaviour and illegal rubbish dumping.
“The barriers were designed to allow pedestrians and cyclists access to the area but to keep vehicles out. Unfortunately some drivers continued to bypass the barriers by mounting the footpath and driving around them,’’ says Christchurch City Council Transport Operations Manager Steffan Thomas.
“Once past the barriers they’re using the area as a dumping ground for their rubbish, which is unacceptable. We want to prevent that from happening and have been working on the issue with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).’’
LINZ manages the red-zoned land for the Crown but the Council is the legal owner of the roads and footpaths.
“LINZ has been working to lengthen the barriers in targeted areas, so it no longer possible for cars to get around them by driving on the footpath. They’re adding additional bollards on the footpath and berm areas and stringing chains between them, so that cars can’t get past but cyclists and pedestrians can still get through,’’ Mr Thomas says.
“We hope this will bring an end to the illegal dumping and stop unauthorised vehicles from accessing the area.’’
The LINZ portfolio managers, responsible for managing the red zone, have received a lot of positive feedback from the neighbouring residents, who also have been frustrated by antisocial behaviour and the rubbish dumped on their doorstep.
"We received a lovely message from a Dallington resident thanking us for the work we have done to improve the barriers,” says LINZ Red Zone Land and Property Manager Matt Bradley.
“He said the simple addition of a few gates and posts had done wonders to cut down on antisocial behaviour and to make the space feel safer for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.''
LINZ has been liaising closely with landscaping contractors and other individuals who need legitimate access through a smart lock and key system to open the barriers.
“In the past weeks, our team has also been working closely with whitebaiters who want to get access to their favourites spots,” says Bradley
“We have successfully arranged access for over 60 individuals and the feedback has been very positive,” says Mr Bradley, adding that the whitebaiters register their names with LINZ in exchange for a special key to open specific gates.
Mr Bradley says that some vandals rammed the new gates to get access to some of the streets. “But we have replaced those gates with heavier posts and other security measures, like cameras, to keep those people out of the red zone.”
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