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."
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
“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.”
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."