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Riccarton Service Centre To Stay Near To Local Residents

Fuseworks Media
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A proposal to the Christchurch City Council to close the Riccarton Service Centre was overturned at yesterday's Council meeting. Councillors Helen Broughton and Bob Shearing were pleased that Council unanimously supported the Community Board and local community's request to relocate the centre to another location in Riccarton following expiry of the current lease at the Riccarton Postshop on 1 February 2010. Councillor Broughton who spearheaded the move to keep the centre in Riccarton said yesterday's Council decision was a clear indication it had listened to the community's concerns and had responded favourably. "The community gave the Council a clear signal that it values this facility," said Councillor Broughton. Councillor Shearing said he is particularly pleased with the decision having worked closely with community representatives to develop an acceptable solution for the service centre. "It's imperative that the service is kept for central and lower Riccarton residents, particularly when many of the people who use the service centre are elderly and have difficulty accessing facilities further from where they live," said Councillor Shearing. Options under consideration include moving the service centre to Council-owned facilities either on the site of the vacant public toilets in Rotherham Street or the Riccarton Community Centre.

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