Last week I read the report before the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board for the “Proposed Road Names” for 58 Perth Street.
“1.1 The purpose of this report is for the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board to consider and approve the proposed road names arising from local subdivisions.
1.2 This report is staff generated resulting from naming request received from the subdivision developers.
1.3 This report relates to the following subdivisions at 58 Perth Street and 19 Forth Street.”
Below is the email I sent to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board for the Board meeting, on Monday 1 July 2019:
“9. Proposed Road Names – Various Subdivisions
3.12 The preferred name followed by alternative names follows:
– Laurenson Lane: The owner of this property was Linda May Laurenson, who lived on the site for over 30 years. This owner was a well-known long term resident of Richmond and the applicant would like to acknowledge this by naming the right of way after her (or at least put her name forward as one option).
– Bingsland Lane: Richmond was originally known as Bingsland and that time contained working-class houses, small shops and artisan’s workshops.”
Last year I spent time researching and creating ideas to develop Richmond (http://riseuprichmond.nz).
I support the above name suggestions, as they represent a part of Richmond’s identity & history, which we have lost so much of after the earthquakes.
These names tell a story. They give the new development an identity & connect the new people moving into these homes to the stories of this community.
“4. Memories – Nga Maharatanga
Before the earthquakes, many communities called the Regeneration Area home. Some families had lived there for generations, forging strong local bonds and enjoying a high quality of life.
Sense of place was strong, and residents drew their identity from their connections to the river, parks, estuary and sea.
Countless memories were made in the schools, parks and homes in the area. While the face of the land has changed immeasurably, these stories will always be treasured.”
“…into the future to ensure the stories remain connected to the place, and then the people remain connected to the place.”
Dr Christine Whybrew from Heritage New Zealand
“– the stories of the Richmond, its demolished heritage places and archaeological features/records are incorporated in landscape development and rebuild plans. Heritage New Zealand can supply further information and content to support this recommendation”
“Richmond used to be called Bingsland, and before that was called the Church Land. Mr C.B. Fooks, once Secretary of the Land Board, held long leases of a very large block and resided there. It afterwards passed to one BING, a Hungarian, and was spoken of as Bing’s land, hence BINGSLAND.”
“Mr Morice Bing sometime of Marshlands, was a native of Hungary, and arrived in Australia in 1852. He followed various callings for eight years in New South Wales, whence he came to Christchurch. Sheep grazing and wool-classing engaged his attention for three years, and he then took up 200 acres of land from the Church Property Trustees. He used this land as a cattle run for a number of years, and then sub-let it in small areas. He bought land north of the river Avon, near the Stanmore Road, and sub-divided it into building areas, ranging from a quarter of an acre to one acre. These sections sold readily, and one of the first suburban districts adjacent to Christchurch was formed out of them, and was for many years known as Bingsland.”
By using either of the above names, the Board would be linking the history of Richmond to the new homes & the new people who will now make Richmond their home.
Below are the Minutes relating to the Board’s decision:
“Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board Minutes: Monday 1 July 2019
– “5. Deputations by Appointment
5.1 Proposed Road Names – Various Subdivisions
Hayley Guglietta and Greg Partridge, representing the Richmond Residents’ and Business Association, spoke to the Board regarding the naming of the right of way at 58 Perth Street, stating the significance of Bingsland to the area and wanting the name to be in a more prominent position and for Council/Developers to consult with the community on road/right of way naming.
5. 2 Proposed Road Names – Various Subdivisions (Clause 9 of these minutes refers)
Don Gould, local resident, gave a presentation to the Board regarding the naming of the right of way at 58 Perth Street, raising concerns around delaying residents from moving into their new homes. Mr Gould agreed with the Richmond Residents’ and Business Association’s position on community consultation in relation to road naming.”
– “9. Proposed Road Names – Various Subdivisions
1. Staff in attendance spoke to the accompanying report. The Board took into consideration the deputations from Hayley Guglietta and Greg Partridge (Clause 5.1 of these minutes refers), and Don Gould (Clause 5.2 of these minutes refers).
That the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board: Approve the following new road names:
1. 58 Perth Street (RMA/2019/482): Laurenson Lane.
Community Board Resolved LCHB/2019/00074 Part C
That the Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board:
1. Approves the following new road name:
1a. 58 Perth Street (RMA/2019/482): Bings Lane.
2. Requests staff advice on the possibility of naming another area within Richmond such as a park, and report back to the Board.
3. Requests staff discuss with the Board the Land Information New Zealand requirements and implications of naming lanes/right of ways on brown fields subdivisions.
Carried: Alexandra Davids/Sara Templeton
– Jake McLellan and Deon Swiggs voted against the resolution, and requested their votes be recorded.”
I’m glad the Board made the decision to approve ‘Bings Lane’, as the new lane name for 58 Perth Street, Richmond.
It is fitting that Morice Bing, one of the first property developers in this area, who bought one piece of land and subdivided it, will be connected to one of the latest property developers in Richmond, Williams Corporation Limited.
As I said in my email “the Board would be linking the history of Richmond to the new homes & the new people who will now make Richmond their home.”
“2. Requests staff advice on the possibility of naming another area within Richmond such as a park, and report back to the Board.”
As Morice Bing “bought land north of the river Avon, near the Stanmore Road”, why not as part of Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, set aside a green space at the entrance to Richmond (corner of River Road & Stanmore Road) and call it ‘Bingsland Reserve’?
This could be the start of a ‘Richmond Heritage Trail’ to connect with my
‘River Road Park’ (http://riseuprichmond.nz/river-road-park/) & ‘Dudley Creek Trail’ (http://riseuprichmond.nz/dudley-creek/) ideas.
Richmond is a great location to call home for those working in the CBD, and with the need for more new housing options, it makes sense for the residential areas of Richmond (south of North Avon Road) to be zoned Residential Medium Density Zone.
“The Residential Medium Density Zone is located close to the central city and around other larger commercial centres across the city. The zone provides for townhouses, terraced housing, apartment buildings and encourages comprehensive development of multiple adjacent sites. Smaller and shared outdoor living spaces are acceptable within this zone. Zone standards and assessment matters manage the amenity, quality and function of new residential developments within this zone.”
I’m sure the home owners will be happy to hear they will now be one step closer to receiving the keys to their new house at 58 Perth Street.
Welcome to Richmond.