Tracking progress: Our one year report
A year to the day since we first met as Christchurch’s newly elected Council is a good time to report on progress – and what comes next.
Since taking office I am told I have attended 345 engagements, given 167 speeches, and been out on official business at some point on 41 of 50 weekends and 186 of 250 week-night evenings.
The pace has been, and will continue to be, relentless. And that’s exactly what we would expect in a city recovering from a natural disaster of the scale we have experienced.
Of course the question that matters is whether any of this activity has made a difference? Are we as a Council on track to achieve what we set out to do 12 months ago?
It’s a question I ask myself at the end of most days, and often in the small hours of the morning when my mind turns to the problems constituents face like flooding, intractable insurance problems and the chronic shortage of affordable housing.
You will have your own criteria against which to judge progress. The state of the roads, the look and feel of your neighbourhood, the length of time it takes to get a building consent or how you maybe affected by the proposed land use changes in the city’s draft district plan.
But these issues will pale into insignificance for those who remain stuck because of unresolved earthquake-related issues.
Continue reading the full Tracking progress report: Our one year report.
Christchurch City Councillors reflect on their first year.