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PERMANENT CITY WORKS.

The following is the scheme of the Christchurch City Council with reference to permanent works :— In accordance with the resolution of the Council on the Bth September last,-that your Committee should submit a report, showing the permanent works necessary to. be constructed, and that will require to be carried out, d—ring the next three years, and their -probable cost, the same is now presented to the Council for its consideration. ' ' " Before enumerating the different works proposed, your Committee would remark that it has simply studied ; the usefulness and necessity of such works, and not from any desire to ask for a loan or expend money for ornamental purposes, being strongly of opinion that the improvements suggested will generally benefit and add to the comfort and .♦ convenience of the citizens, without any addition to the rates. - SCHBDOT—I O- PBOPOSKD WO—ES. The following is a schedule of the proposed works, with the probable cost of each :— Worcester street bridge .... «■ £1,600 Park bridge, Armagh street... ... 1,600 Victoria street bridge... ... ... 1.400 Gloucester street bridge ... ... 2,500 Gas lamps... ._ 1,000 Channelling ... ... ... .« . 600 Concrete kerbing ... ... • ■ ... 4;600 Underground tank! for fire prevention '... ... I,Boft Wells for street watering ... ... 1,400: Tramway to Corporation Cemetery j and reserves f ... 6,600; Contingencies „y ... ... ... I,Boo| JE„,00»

BBIDGBB. ■ . .^g Worcester street Bridge—lt is absolutely necessary that this bridge 1 should be rag built within a short time.' The presetti structure is of Wood, and—as been in exifg| ence about sixteen years. '= It is now in Jj| very decayed condition, and cannot witnp safety be trusted to carry the traffic muojfc longer. Some two years since it was fQuaff necessary to further support it by pile© The cost of a substantial bridge, 25 feat -wider than that in use, and one that in AH. fitobability will last for the next 100 year*, Mllhe about £1809. p^ ifPark Bridge, Armagh street—Your CoNi Imittee considers that the time has arritajoj S__en a bridge should be erected leadjnsg from one of the central thoroughf—res.<3s mc city into the Domain. The presMt ! . tJKotbridge has been condemned as l &rry a large number of people, such as g£e| likely to frequent the Park (especially ons holiday occasions), and the Committee is ofSpinion that, as the Park and Domain are* jpsed chiefly by the citizens of Christchurch? She responsibility of providing comnranif Ration between it and the city rests wiihg !she Council on behalf of the Sour" Committee therefore recommends &hat instead of building another temporara fbridge like the present (which would agaujjf jl—.ve to be replaced in a few years), a per* !_lament structure should be erected of m Irhat similar character, but of less sions, than bridges recently built _f ;y. The co9t would be about £1600. |; oria street Bridges—For a consider! mc past it' ha 3 been apparent to th# ers of the Council, and persons conf T riding and driving over this bridge! iis necessary for the public safety! c increasing traffic, that it should bef 3d to the full width of the street.; ould mean placing extra iron girders, creasing the size of the stone abut-i on both sides of the present erec--; nd doing away with the existing foot- j which are now only supported byi its. Your Committee has, therefore, i lelf compelled to recognise the im-] tee of advocating this work, as in [uence of the traffic having increased, portion of the "road being occupied tramway, the width of the present has become quite inadequate and rous to the travelling public." The ement and improvement proposed result in making this bridge one of a Sent character, and would meet the ities of the traffic for all time. The raid not exceed £ MOO, cester : street Bridge—lt has been I out to the Council on many occa_fat the necessity of a cart bridge he river in Gloucester street h—r he cause of great inconvenience to lidenta on either side, and the want is seriously deteriorated the value of fey in the vicinity. The present susn bridge must shortly bo replaced by i permanent structure, and your Camtherefore recommends that a bridge milar character and dimensions to if Armagh street should be built. Committee ia also of opinion that in ■ short time the interest upon the the construction of this bridge will ■c than recouped from rates on the ied assessed value of property in the orhood, as its' erection will encourage r class of buildioga being constructed ; portion of Gloucester street. The I the bridge will be about J82500, a sum than that estimated for the gther proposed bridges in consequence of the formation and winding of the river Mnka at the site. wg GAS -_—P3. MHitherto it has been the practice to erect e_ch year a number of gas lamps but of rates; but the Council has never been able, except to a very small extent, to meet the demands of the citizens for increased lighting all over the city. Your Committee therefore recommends, that 125 new lamps (calculated to last for fifty years) should be erected (if the loan is authorised by the ratepayers) in localities to be hereafter decided upon. The cost will be .£IOOO. The erection of these extra lamps will of course entail a considerable yearly increase in the ordinary expenditure for gas and maintenance, which will have to be paid out of the general rates. C_AMH___NG» There are yet several parts of the city requiring concrete channelling, notably .Lincoln road, which, for sanitary reasons, 'your Committee would recommend the Council to carry out, at a cost of .£SOO. CONCEETE K_BEING. At the time the side-channelling of the city was decided upon, it was found necessary, in consequence of the want of funds, to use wood instead of concrete for the kerbing. This, as the members of the Council are aware, necessitates a considerable expenditure annually for repairs, and yonr Committee would therefore recommend that in future concrete only should boused for renewing the present kerbing r aa it decays. This would mean a great LBa-ring to the city, aa the interest on the %mo_at required for this work will be less than that now paid annually for repairs in wood. The amount proposed to be expended for the next three years is £iSOO, which would renew fifteen miles of kerbing.

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PERMANENT CITY WORKS., Press, Volume XL, Issue 6019, 31 December 1884

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