HERITAGE GROUPS’ SHOCK AT CERA S38 FOR CPIT MEMORIAL HALL: HNZ Cat 2, CCC Gp3
Concerned citizens and Canterbury heritage groups including Historic Places Canterbury, IConIC and Civic Trust are appalled at the news that CERA has issued an s38 demolition order on the Christchurch Technical College (now CPIT) Memorial Hall at the request of CPIT.
This imposing building was opened in 1935 as a specially designed memorial to the supreme sacrifice made by 71 former pupils of the Technical College who were killed in World War 1.(more…)
“Labour’s plans to protect Canterbury’s heritage and to support building a liveable city include carrying out an audit of all remaining heritage buildings in the CBD and wider region. We will also repeal Section 38 of the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Act to ensure the community have their say before any more heritage buildings are razed."
“That guarantees the iconic Christchurch cathedral will not be demolished in haste, with any decisions on its future only being made after consultation and a proper Resource Management Act process."
An updated Draft Heritage Recovery Programme has been publicly released for further consultation!
Comment: This Programme's first deadline was October 2011. “Draft Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch” Built Heritage Recovery Plan:
“When? Scope of plan approved by Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery by October 2011.”
The above is an extract from an "Abridged Timeline" that was part of a Deputation to the Christchurch City Council Earthquake Recovery Committee (5th December 2013) which sought the release of the Programme.
The relevant text of the Deputation is as follows:
Ross Gray has generously sent us the text of the letter he sent to The Press.
"This really is the last straw, a complete outrage! Cera has just issued a S38 demolition notice on the beautiful McLean’s Mansion, an HPT Category 1 / CCC Group 1 listed heritage building, one of New Zealand’s largest timber houses. (more…)