Thursday, January 26, 2012

Red Zone, Avonside Drive, Avondale, 1 Month Post 23.12.11 Quake Swarm

Wed 25.01.12. One month post 23.12.11 quake swarm, I wandered red zone Avonside Dr, between Avondale Rd Bridge & Porritt Park. Since the 04.09.10 quake, I hadn't looked closely at that section of Avonside Dr. I'd seen it in the distance, across Avon River, from New Brighton Rd & it was time I got around to it.

CERA Landcheck website gave land status of Avonside Dr, Avondale as follows:

126 properties, 21 green zone, 105 red zone - 83% red zone. Thus home owners of most of that section of Avonside Dr, by Avon River, had to leave their houses & start again elsewhere, after pay outs.

Images, quake damaged Avondale Rd Bridge:


25.01.12. Quake sunk Avondale Rd Bridge abutment, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. The abutment was fixed in 2012-2013




At Avondale Rd Bridge I snapped pics of bridge damage, where a concrete bridge abutment on the river bank leaned at an odd angle, causing traffic to slope when crossing the bridge. Quakes caused the bridge abutment to sink into Avon River mud.

I'd seen that quake damage to several Avon River bridges. As Council was responsible for fixing infrastructure, I wondered when Council would get around to fixing bridge damages?
   
The abutment was fixed by SCIRT in 2012-2013.

A Council sign near Avondale Rd Bridge read:

Stronger Christchurch

Permanent sewer and road reconstruction

        Avondale Road and surrounds

           Expect delays next 2 km
           July 2011 - April 2012

           Thank you for your patience...

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake




Red zone, broken houses on Avonside Dr I passed, by Avon River, were mostly abandoned, with overgrown gardens. Some houses were leaning, tilted, sunk into liquefaction mud. Every house along Avonside Dr, from Avondale Rd to Porritt Park corner, by Kerrs Reach, was red zone doomed.


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm






25.01.12. Portaloo, blue water pipe, liquefaction mud & plastic sewage tank, red zone Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm



25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


Some houses were inhabited, one property had people residing in a front yard caravan. A few home owners still kept up appearances with neat gardens. I wandered past a couple of house demolition sites too.


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


I wandered past weedy, muddy driveways with quake junk in driveways: tyre; wheelbarrow; suitcase; aluminium cans; paper cups, plastic security tape, metal... Many garage door bases were sunk in mud. I wandered muddy, dusty pavements & passed quake warped gates, some locked, quake-skew letterboxes, green or black plastic sewage tanks, portaloos & blue water pipes, half buried in liquefaction mud.


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Post Feb 22 quake, raised Avon River stop bank, red zone Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Quake slumped Avon River bank, red zone Avonside Dr. New Brighton Rd on opp bank, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. Slumping due to lateral spreading.

Kerrs Reach rowers trained on sewage polluted Avon River: some single kayaks, some single sculls, double sculls & a couple of big boats with 4 rowers & cox per boat. Two coaches rode their bikes on the stop bank, calling on loudhailers to rowers. What infectious substances did rowers & coaches absorb, after sewage flows into Avon River?


25.01.12. Double sculls training, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, seen from Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm

After 17 months of quakes, Council needed to get its act together, as eastern suburb ratepayers were living in dusty, muddy, portaloo squalor, while councillors squabbled.


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone housing & caravan, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Quake cracked & slumped Avon River bank, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. New Brighton Rd on opp bank. Cracking & slumping due to lateral spreading


Across Avon River, I saw sand bags beside New Brighton Rd, near Horseshoe Lake outlet, where the road had sunk below river level. A small digger & truck were parked by roadside repairs on Avon River bank near Burwood School.


25.01.12. Red zone, Avonside Dr view of scullers on Avon River by Horseshoe Lake outlet. Post quake sand bags on opp bank, New Brighton Rd, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Red zone, Avonside Dr view of digger & truck on New Brighton Rd by Avon River, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


Avonside Dr was quake cracked, pot holed, barely fixed in places with tar seal patches & shingle. Along Avonside Dr, the post 22.02.11 quake raised stop bank on Avon River bank had hardened to form a stony wall.


25.01.12. Red zone Avonside Dr view of 4 rowers & cox, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Red zone Avonside Dr view of quake slumped Avon River bank, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. New Brighton Rd on opp bank.


25.01.12. Red zone, liquefactioned Avonside Dr cnr. Avon River raised stop bank behind, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Liquefactioned, red zone house & blue water pipe, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm





Below the stop bank, Avon River bank had slumped, with deep cracks, in places 1 m wide & more than 1 m deep. Slumping & cracking was due to lateral spreading. River rubbish & tilted benches on concrete slabs lay higgledy piggledy on the quake trashed riverbank. Ducks & black swans swam in sewage polluted Avon River.


25.01.12. Avonside Dr, red zone stop bank view of quake slumped Avon River bank, kayakers & rowers, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. Locksley Ave on opp bank




25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm




25.01.12. Red zone, house demolition site & quake damaged house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Red zone Avonside Dr, stop bank view of quake slumped Avon River bank, Kerrs Reach, post 23.12.11 quake swarm. Locksley Ave on opp bank




Considering how solid concrete & / or iron & wooden benches & their concrete slab bases where sunk & displaced by serial quakes, all along Avon River banks, TC3 green / blue zoners were being conned by engineers into paying for thicker concrete slab foundations for quake damaged house foundations, as concrete slabs hadn't proved effective against serial liquefactions.

In future, whatever concrete foundations engineers concocted, I expected future quake liquefactions would sink housing, similar to 2010-2011 quake sinkings, as so much water & mud spurted above ground during quakes, causing land settlement. The solution was simple - stop building on liquefaction prone land! But that was no solace for 28 000 TC3 green zoned properties, subject to more liquefactions in future quakes. Never mind new CBD bldgs to be build on liquefaction prone land in the red zone CBD.

Images, quake damaged Edna St & Avonside Dr:


25.01.12. Red zone, liquefactioned cnr Avonside Dr / Edna St, post 23.12.11 quake swarm



25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house & blue water pipe, cnr Avonside Dr / Edna St, post 23.12.11 quake swarm





25.01.12. Red zone, tanker spraying water on liquefaction dust, Edna St, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm




25.01.12. Red zone, Avon River stop bank & portaloo, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house & blue water pipe, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm




25.01.12. City Care van by Avon River stop bank, red zone Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm

Images, quake damaged Niven St & Avonside Dr:


25.01.12. Liquefactioned, red zone house, cnr Avonside Dr / Niven St, post 23.12.11 quake swarm




25.01.12. Red zone, Avon River stop bank & truck, cnr Avonside Dr / Niven St, post 23.12.11 quake swarm

Images, quake damaged Breezes Rd & Avonside Dr:


25.01.12. Red zone, quake tilted power pole & Avon River stop bank, cnr Avonside Rd / Breezes Rd, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone housing, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm










Across Avon River by Locksley Ave, I saw a red zone, fire destroyed house (which I'd wandered past months ago) & several boarded windows on abandoned red zone houses. When would CERA demolish quake trashed eyesores on Locksley Ave & Avonside Dr?


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone housing, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm












25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, post 23.12.11 quake swarm












25.01.12. Red zone, Avonside Dr view of Christs College Rowing demolition site & Arawa Canoe Club, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, Porritt Park, post 23.12 11 quake swarm. Christs College Rowing was rebuilt post quakes


25.01.12. Quake damaged, red zone house, Avonside Dr, nr Porritt Park, post 23.12.11 quake swarm




Vehicles bumped along Avonside Dr: cars, SUVS, trucks, a tanker spraying water to lay dust, a sucker truck, a City Care van. The latter a misnomer, considering the greedy comments & contempt for ratepayers, by town clerk Marryatt, about his recent Council approved $68 000 pay rise, giving him an annual salary of $540 000.

Marryatt earned more than the NZ PM, the UK PM & the USA President. Mayor Parker & his sycophant councillors Button, Wells, Keown, Corbett, Reid & Gough were barmy approving Marryatt's astronomical salary.

On Marryatt's watch, as town clerk since 2007, there were serial quakes & the reality of his overseeing post quake, Christchurch infrastructure repairs, 17 months post 04.09.10 quake. Marryatt's performance so far:

Dodgy sewage system, especially eastern suburbs & sewage pollution of Christchurch rivers.
Dodgy water supply, especially eastern suburbs.
Dodgy electricity supply, eastern suburbs.
Badly repaired roads, pavements, bridges & drains throughout Christchurch.
Opening of Council bldgs for many months post 22.02.11 quake, like Fendalton & Bishopdale libraries, then closing for safety reasons.
Dodgy quake insurance of Council assets like AMI Stadium & Town Hall.

Due to Marryatt's management performance, during the 17 months quake period so far, no matter how many good workers Marryatt managed, many quake victims in Christchurch had to live in slummy, muddy, dusty conditions, shop in dangerous places, drive on dangerous roads, pay rates for curtailed services, like closed libraries & closed swimming pools & endure crap infrastructure, including water tankers, pavement portaloos & sewage tanks.

To date, Marryatt hadn't fronted up to the Royal Commission of Inquiry to explain why Council employees / contractors made a hash of pre-quakes ensuring the safety of bldgs, which collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. (Engineer' inspections, post Sept 4 & Boxing Day quakes, of bldgs were variable & red, green, yellow access stickering of bldgs was confusing). 185 people died in the Feb 22 quake.

Council under Marryatt's watch had 5 months post 04.09.10 quake (including the Boxing Day quake warning) to sort out engineering inspections & red, yellow, green stickers for bldgs. And cordon dangerous bldgs. Too many dangerous bldgs were used & not forbidden & not cordoned properly during Marryatt's watch.

Eleven months post 22.02.11 quake, Christchurch CBD was still cordon-closed. As CERA boss Sutton earned a salary similar to Marryatt's, why were those two bosses of CERA & Council not working together to demolish quake damaged bldgs, day & night, to start rebuilding quicker?

As many red zoners, orange zoners & green zoners in eastern suburbs still lived in Third World squalor, in quake broken houses, with muddy, dusty, poorly repaired streets, bad sewage connections, poor water supply, why were Marryatt's City Care workers & contractors not working day & night to get suburban infrastructure right, asap?

Marryatt, tell us in detail why you deserved your $540 000 p.a. salary?

Fri 27.01.12. TV news announced that a govt appointed Crown Observer, Kerry Marshall, would keep watch on Christchurch dysfuntional Council. The priority for 2012 being Christchurch post quake rebuild, not internecine squabbles by councillors & tail wagging the dog, town clerk Marryatt.

After a closed Council meeting with MPs Smith & Brownlee, it was announced that town clerk Marryatt had rejected his $68 000 pay rise, approved by mayor Parker & 6 councillors, with the proviso by Maryatt that he'd reject the pay rise only if councillors worked together. Never mind the $34 000 increase he'd already been paid. (Ten months later, by mid November Marryatt still hadn't paid back the pay increase, he'd promised to pay back, despite improvement in councillor / Marryatt so called "collegue" relations).

Marryatt & sycophant Parker wanted to gag councillors, stopping them leaking Marryatt's & Parker's greed & muck ups to the media. Marryatt forgot that Council employed him & he reported to publically elected councillors, not vice versa.

That evolved after Marryatt had already accepted the pay rise, which caused widespread ratepayers' criticism & an organised citizens' protest held at Council bldg, Hereford St, midday, 01.02.12.

NZ govt, inept Council & greedy Marryatt sailed scared of irate citizens' revolt. Marryatt, MP Smith, CERA minister Brownlee, mayor Parker, ex Nelson mayor Marshall were on a sinking ship of fools, with wannabe captains looking for a lifeboat to trip into.

Fri 27.01.11. 8.42 pm, 4.6 mag quake, 11 km depth, 30 km west of Christchurch (Geonet). Disturbed our supper.

Weekend Press Feb 4-5, 2012, reported on red zone Avonside Dr & the limbo existence of Retreat Rd orange zoners living opposite red zoners on the same street. Red zoners could negotiate with CERA / govt & / or insurers about pay outs, while orange zoners still awaited tardy CERA's decisions to red zone or green zone their properties. Why did CERA / NZ govt only used one slow, geotech company, Tonkin & Taylor, to do land zonings?

Despite ongoing quakes, 2012 would be a year of public protests by irate Cantabrians against top - down edicts by Council & NZ govt.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Marryatt may refuse $68 000 rise (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Marryatt may keep $34 000 (The Press / Stuff Co).


See Council warned as Marryatt rejects pay rise (The Press / Stuff Co).


See Anger in a city dispossessed (The Press / Stuff Co).


See Adrift in limbo land (Stuff Co / The Press).

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