Stadium site to be Wilson’s parking area
Resource consent for a 582 car park spaces on the site earmarked for Christchurch’s long-awaited stadium has been given to Wilson Parking for four years – though it may not operate for that long.
It will not affect development of the stadium, for which the Christchurch City Council has allocated the first chunk of funding in the 2020/21 financial year. Preliminary work has estimated construction costs ranging from $384 to $561 million.
Wilson’s wanted the resource consent to run for five years, and are appealing the decision in an attempt to have it extended. Communications manager Anne-Marie Petersen said Wilson’s planners had ‘‘pushed back’’ as the company had invested in the site.
The council did not support the proposal, and wanted the consent to apply for three years, to encourage people to use private cars less often.
The land is Crown-owned and managed by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), whose agreement with Wilson’s is for only two years, and has a 30-day termination clause which either party can call on at any time. The area includes two potentially contaminated sites that Wilson’s will have to lay a 300 millimetre-thick layer of gravel over to prevent any harmful effects.
Environment Canterbury records show one is a former Turners and Growers site which held a 13,200 litre diesel tank that leaked 20L of fuel every time its fuel pump was used for about 7 years. It was removed in the mid-1990’s.
A council spokeswoman said Wilson’s needed permission from the land owner to use the consent, which is what would determine when the stadium could proceed.
LINZ land and property manager Matthew Bradley said there was no concern Wilson’s car park would delay the stadium as there was a 30-day termination clause in the license agreement.
The site for the proposed multi use arena on Madras St.