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Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm
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Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2013
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future of the
damaged town hall
has been sidelined
by debate over the
KOZANIC / FAIRFAX NZ
Since the earthquakes, there have
been many column inches, nay
yards, printed on the replacement
of the cathedral.
We have also lost our town hall.
That hardly rates a mention and
from what little has been
published, it seems that this
marvellous building is damaged
I would like to know, pre-
earthquake, how many citizens
attended services in the
cathedral? Compare this number
with the attendance at the various
events that were once a feature of
the town hall.
Surely we need a new town hall
more than we need a cathedral?
The site in the Square where the
cathedral once reigned supreme
would be an ideal site for a new
At present, visiting performers
have to make do with a sports
stadium with appalling acoustics
and few facilities. Smaller
performances have to find school
halls or any other building that
has an auditorium.
The Square with its central
location is the ideal site for a
world-class venue, as we once had.
Losing sight of site
An interesting article by Anna
Price, about the Square site of
Christ Church Cathedral (Mail,
Dr Doug Mountfort, great-
grandson of architect Benjamin
Mountfort who designed the
cathedral, questions rebuilding on
the same central city site.
Building on swampy land is
A couple of years ago, I read
that this site would be thoroughly
tested for any future rebuilding
there. I don't recall seeing any
evidence of this having been done.
Meanwhile, we are now so busy
debating the merits of the three
alternative cathedrals on offer,
the dubiousness of the Square site
seems to have been forgotten.
SCIRTing the issue
SCIRT has asked for consent from
some Christchurch residents to
have pressurised wastewater
systems installed on our private
properties and to have us pay for
the power to run these. Many are
probably also aware that there is
a very strong groundswell of
concerned citizens who, for many
reasons, do not want these.
I struggle to believe that the
city council and SCIRT expect us
to consent to these public works
on private land when we are not
given any assurance that we will
never be burdened by ongoing
maintenance or failure costs.
There is plenty of evidence that
these systems do fail and do
require maintenance far above
what we have been told.
While I believe that meeting the
full council was a good idea and I
thank those who organised it, I
now realise what some councillors
have been saying about (mayor)
Bob Parker shutting them up.
I do believe that they listened to
us but we were given no indication
that our concerns would be
discussed or considered.
All he offered was that more
SCIRT and council staff could
meet us again to ram their plans
down our throats.
They might listen to the polling
booths later in the year.
No tanks, thanks
As a Parklands resident and
ratepayer I would like to ask that
others please take the time to
carefully consider the feelings
(and reasons why) many of us do
not want pressurised wastewater
tanks on our private properties.
The east side has until recently
been a wonderful place to live, a
great community of friendly
people who love being close to the
forest and beach.
The intention to install
pressurised wastewater tanks in
the area detracts in so many ways
from the environment we have
chosen to live in. We have already
lost some good people from the
area and if these systems are
installed many more will leave.
I believe that as a ratepayer
wastewater services should
continue to be provided on council
land with a like-for-like service,
just as the majority of other
Christchurch citizens are to
receive. If this is not possible
please red zone us, as this would
be preferable for some of us than
having a system that smells and
poses all kinds of requirements on
the home owner that we have
never had to deal with on a daily
basis before. (Abridged)
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