Next Phase of Lyttelton Port Recovery Underway

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has confirmed that it has received the information it needs to proceed with developing a recovery plan for Lyttelton Port.

ECan commissioners confirmed that the Lyttelton Port Company Limited had provided the necessary information at a special council meeting today.

Chair of Commissioners, Dame Margaret Bazley, said the information supplied contained the necessary and sufficient information to enable ECan to develop a preliminary draft Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan (LPRP) as directed in June by the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee.

Dame Margaret acknowledged the significant amount of work and resources that had gone into producing the information in a relatively short timeframe.

Environment Canterbury now has the task of considering the technical and other information supplied by the Port Company and preparing the preliminary draft Recovery Plan, which will take into account the information supplied by the Port Company,” Dame Margaret said.

We will also look at other areas within the geographic scope of the recovery plan, such as Norwich Quay and Naval Point. The Port Company could not cover these areas in detail in its information because they include land and assets owned by other entities, but their inclusion in our scope of work provides the opportunity to take a holistic approach to the relationship between the port and the township.”

Dame Margaret said Environment Canterbury would consult with partner agencies, including Christchurch City Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and the New Zealand Transport Agency, and factor these into the preliminary draft Recovery Plan, along with the information supplied by the Port Company, before consulting with the public in April next year.

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