Cathedral fate goes to High Court
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 5:34a.m.
By 3 News online staff
In one last attempt to save Christchurch’s cathedral, its fate will be argued in the High Court today.
The Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT) believes the deconstruction of the cathedral breaches a 2003 act of Parliament that protects church buildings.
If the court agrees, the Anglican Church will need to seek an amendment to the act before proceeding with its plans for deconstruction.
The GCBT says the Church Property Trust Act does not give the Anglican church the authority to destroy or deconstruct the cathedral.
In July the GCBT produced a report with a set of alternatives to demolishing the cathedral, in the hope of saving the building, which put the demolition on hold.
But Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews has said options other than demolishing the cathedral are too expensive.
In May the Christchurch City Council supported calls to halt demolition of the cathedral.
The case will be heard over the next two days at the High Court in Christchurch.
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