Canterbury and neighbouring regions have been handed the final go-ahead to start clearing the snow from their streets and parks as they prepare for the start of spring.
Read more: Canterbury to get the final green light on snow clearing to start next monthIn a bid to protect the region’s precious rainwater, Canterbury council is set to make sweeping changes to the way it manages snow clearing and parking, including allowing councils to charge residents for parking on the streets.
The council is to finalise the changes this month, which will see councils start charging residents to park in designated areas, and charge them a fee of up to $50 a year.
It will also allow councils to restrict the number of parking spaces in each of Canterbury’s streets.
It follows a number of local councils that have been struggling to clear snow, and the city council has previously warned residents about the potential consequences of not clearing snow.
It was reported in October that council in the north Canterbury region was having to turn away some 1,000 vehicles a day.
Councils in neighbouring areas have also been warned about the risk of snowfall in their own areas, with some councils even telling residents to move to a safer location, and not to drive to a specific site.
The Canterbury region has received the final approval from the council to begin clearing snow and ice from the streets, and roads, parks and playgrounds, and is expected to have cleared the snow by the end of February.
The changes, which are expected to cost about $300,000, will mean the city is set for a bumper winter, with council staff estimating that the snow will cover up to 30 per cent of the city by the time the start date of the year approaches.
The new changes are expected make clearing of snow and snow cover easier and safer, said Canterbury city councillor David Jones.
“It’s a very positive step,” he said.
The council’s decision comes after the city announced a pilot project that will see the number one priority for council clearing snow from the roads, the city has also agreed to make the city’s parks a snow-free zone.”
It’s all very manageable, it should be pretty safe.”
The council’s decision comes after the city announced a pilot project that will see the number one priority for council clearing snow from the roads, the city has also agreed to make the city’s parks a snow-free zone.
The snow clearing plan comes after councils around the country were struggling with snow in the region, with Canterbury having seen a bumper bumper snowfall on record last winter.
“Our plan is to get snow off the streets and off the roads by the start, February and into March, with the snow clearing taking place in phases, and to minimise the impact on people’s health and safety,” Mr Jones said.
Mr Jones said the city had been working closely with councils across the country, and was expecting the changes to take effect next month.
“Councils around the world are working together to manage snow and it’s a matter of time,” he added.
“The council will be working closely on the plan to make sure we get the snow off and the roads clear as quickly as possible.”
The city has been working with councils around Australia and the United States to help manage snow removal, and has also introduced snow clearing restrictions in other parts of the country.
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