“Editorial: Another step closer to a sensible revamp of Victoria Square” The Press (Online Article)

Editorial: Another step closer to a sensible revamp of Victoria Square
"In the redevelopment of Victoria Square there are parallels to the clock, involving, on one side, the people of Christchurch, and, on the other, the Christchurch Central Development Unit.

Those who wanted to push ahead quickly and recklessly - and spend $7 million with disregard to the broader sentiments of the city - have lost out, while the people who preferred the steady-as-she-goes, little change, option, for a place where you can linger awhile, kick back and slow down, have been victorious."


“Final Victoria Square plan considered” The Press (Online Article)

"Final Victoria Square plan considered" The Press:

"Christchurch City Council is being asked to approve a revised Government plan to restore Victoria Square.

The latest plan sees the layout of Victoria Square remaining largely unchanged and proposes repairs and restoration of existing features. ..."

Manchester Street Bus Super Stop : Historic Places Canterbury Deputation To The C.C.C. Infrastructure, Transport And Environment Committee

The following is the text of the Historic Places Canterbury Deputation to the Christchurch City Council Infrastructure, Transport And Environment Committee.

The text of the Deputation is as follows:

Deputation to the
Christchurch City Council Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee.
3rd September 2015

Shands /Trinity- Manchester Street Bus Super Stop Media Coverage

"Manchester St property owners win bus shelter battle" The Press:
"... A controversial proposal to build a giant canopied bus shelter with glass pods on a central city section of Manchester St has been rejected. ..."

"Editorial: Council should re-examine its plans for Manchester St bus superstop" The Press:

"Manchester St bus stop upsets heritage advocates, developers" The Press:

“Manchester St bus stop upsets heritage advocates, developers” The Press (Online Article)

"....The Christchurch Heritage Ltd, which owns and is restoring the Trinity Church and the recently-relocated Shands Emporium building, said the stop would be "visually intrusive" and degrade the heritage values of both buildings..." The Press

“Victoria Square Draft Restoration Plan” Is Out- Submissions Close 31st July 2015

CCDU have released the Victoria Square Draft Restoration Plan:

The Victoria Square Draft Restoration Plan PDF can be downloaded at the following link:

People can have their say online at ccdu.govt.nz/victoria-square and on feedback forms available at all Christchurch City Council service centres and the Future Christchurch Showcase in Re:START Mall.

CERA will run ‘meet the planner sessions’ where planners and members of the Independent Reference Group will be available to answer questions from the public. These will take place 5 – 7pm Tuesday 21 July at Knox Church, as well as 12 – 1pm Thursday 23 July and 5.30 – 6.30pm Wednesday 29 July at the Future Christchurch Showcase

“Christchurch residents reject Cera’s Victoria Square revamp” The Press Online Article (8th) June 2015)

Christchurch residents reject Cera's Victoria Square revamp
"Christchurch residents have railed against a proposed $7 million redevelopment of Victoria Square, saying it only requires repairing and cosmetic changes. ..."

Victoria Square: No Need For Change Media Release (5th June 2015) Re Release Of Community Participation Feedback Summary

“The Feedback Summary findings reinforces the wishes of Christchurch Residents who have written letters, appeared on talkback radio, attended Public Meetings, sent emails and in countless private conversations have clearly stated to CCDU and to Minister Nicky Wagner - “Victoria Square, there is no need for change. Leave it alone.”

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

Victoria Square Public Forum At Knox Church


Chris Lynch took this image of the vote at the Victoria Square Public Forum. (Source Chris Lynch's Facebook page: LynchinNZ)

"At tonight's public meeting we called for a show of hands on keeping Victoria Square as is. What lovely passionate Cantabs. It was an honour to MC this meeting on behalf of the Chch Civic Trust & Historic Places Canterbury."

Chris Lynch took this image and posted it on his Facebook page:

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Victoria Square Public Forum At Knox Church: Media Coverage

Morning Report (RNZ National) coverage:

Public say no to Victoria Square redesign ( 3′ 10″ )
Hundreds of Cantabrians gathered in Christchurch last night to deliver the Government a strong message - leave the city's Victoria Square alone.

"Morning Report"  reporting that 300 people attended the Victoria Square Public Forum.