Sta­dium site to be Wil­son’s park­ing area

The Press - - News - Michael Hay­ward

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.

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