Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers are applying to increase the area of their existing lease for the use and promotion of model trains and boats in Halswell Domain.
The Waipuna Halswell- Hornby-Riccarton Community Board decided to approve the staff recommendations with no changes on 3 May. Read the minutes of the meeting.(external link)
The hearings panel report(external link) will be presented to the Waipuna Halswell- Hornby-Riccarton Community Board for approval on Tuesday 3 May.
People were able to provide feedback between 16 December 2021 and 14 February 2022. During that time we heard from 261 individuals and organisations.
This long-established volunteer organisation gives very popular and affordable miniature train rides to families and groups every fine Sunday afternoon at Halswell Domain.
The CSMEE (Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers ) has consulted with a number of Council Units to prepare the new lease application for a new section of railway and associated works. These, and other ongoing improvements to their lease area, are self-funded.
The 720m long by 1.2m wide track extension is close to the existing track. The aim is to minimise the footprint and the potential impact on other park users. Maintenance and testing can then happen on a separate track, at the same time as public excursions.
The proposal takes into consideration the need for path crossings and access to other parts of the domain, and these are shown on the consultation plan. At public crossing points the track is set into concrete (1.5 m wide x 1.9 m long).
Another set of steps will cater for passengers at the station, and approximately 25m2 of extra space in the steaming bay area will allow room for a locomotive turntable.
The new track will require the removal of approximately 15m2 of existing vegetation including one mature tī kōuka (cabbage tree) near the toilet block. These plants will be replaced with an additional 35m2 of new landscaping that will enhance the area and help form a barrier between the track and path.
The CSMEE would like to formalise their existing use of the pond when running an exclusive competition or event, during the following times:
Other features of the CSMEE lease application that will be needed to complete the additional track include:
CSMEE club rooms in the domain, between 4pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday 19 January 2022.
Staff will be on-site to answer questions about the proposal.
Our drop-in session will go ahead as normal under the Orange traffic light alert level, but anyone aged 12 and older will require a vaccine pass to attend in person. Please sign/scan in and wear a mask.
If you are unable to attend you can also phone or email to speak with us directly about the project. Contact Philippa Upton 03 941 8808, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure your comments reach us by Monday 14 February 2022.