Construction giant Fletcher joins businesses against Northern Arterial plans

UPGRADES: Andrew Norton, Sue and Keith Wayman, are upset with the city council over roading upgrades that they say will end their businesses on Cranford Road. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Construction giant Fletcher Building has mirrored the concerns of small businesses on Cranford St over Northern Arterial plans.

Last month Nor’West News revealed Small World Preschool and Nursery and the Cranford Ale House fear they will have to shut their doors if designs for the Northern Arterial go ahead as currently planned.

All on-street parking will be lost when cycleways are put in on either side of the road between McFaddens Rd and the rural zone.

Fletcher Building, which owns PlaceMakers and Mico Plumbing on Cranford St, is worried about the current designs affecting its businesses.

In a statement, Fletcher Building said it participated in the public submission process with the city council and took the previous plan to the Environment Court last year.

“We signed-off on an agreed plan through an Environment Court mediation process.”

But it said a recent version of the plan it had received includes a variation regarding parking.

“We are looking to work constructively with the city council to ensure a satisfactory outcome.”

Fletcher Building would not say if it will take the city council back to court if the initial designs stamped by the Environment Court were not followed.

City council acting manager planning, delivery and transport Mike Jacobson said the city council is investigating whether or not it is bound to the design set by the court.

“The city council will respond to the concerns raised when it has completed its assessment and met with the affected parties,” he said.

Designs will be finalised by Christmas, Mr Jacobson said.

Owner of Small World Preschool and Nursery, Keith Wayman, said he received a phone call last week from Fletcher Building asking how it could help make sure on-street parking was kept.

“Fletcher is not going to sit by and watch its two businesses be destroyed,” Mr Wayman said.

Cranford Ale House owner Andrew Norton is meeting with his lawyer and has been in contact with Christchurch Central MP and former lawyer Duncan Webb.

Mr Wayman said the pre-school could not afford a lawyer of its own, as it had already spent “a few thousand” dollars getting U-turning bays on Cranford St included in the Northern Arterial design.