Waimakariri MP welcomes facelift of potential carpooling site

Waimakariri news
Friday, February 13, 2015

Pictured: Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey and Clarkville residents (from left) Clive Washington, Dorothy Washington and David Sandford stand on the cleared site that was previously covered in mounds of dumped material.

Clarkville residents are cheering the facelift of a roading reserve site that has the potential to become a major designated car-pooling parking site, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

On Friday, Doocey met with neighbouring residents and representatives of the Waimakariri District Council on site at the corner of Tram and Greigs roads to view progress on the clean-up.

Doocey said he was “blown away” by the works undertaken to date.

“When I came out with some of the residents just before Christmas, we were looking at large mounds of dumped material and an overgrowth of broom and grass – residents felt the combined issues had made the area unsafe for use.”

Mr Doocey said residents had come to him with a wish list that included having the material removed, no-dumping signage put up, the drainage system cleared and broom cut back. The MP immediately saw the potential of the site to be used more fully as a designated car-pooling carpark.

“We really wanted to turn this area from being an eyesore into a community asset,” Doocey said. “It has great potential to be used as a designated park-and-ride area for commuters into Christchurch. A few residents were already using the site before the big heaps got dumped.”

The area was also prone to flooding in winter, the MP added. “Residents tell me the area is under water in winter and drainage is one of the issues we looked at on Friday. I was very pleased with the commitment shown by council at Friday’s meeting to address this.”

Doocey said brand new signage made it clear that the community would not tolerate dumping on the site, the broom had been cut and a spraying programme had been initiated.

“Getting a commitment from council to start looking at the area as a park and ride site was very rewarding. We need to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles commuting into Christchurch but people need a place where they feel safe to leave their cars.”