Christchurch residents want focus on suburbs
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:56p.m.
By Jenny Suo
A new city centre has been unveiled which the Prime Minister says will make Christchurch the most liveable city in New Zealand.
The Government has unveiled a plan to rebuild the centre of the quake ravaged city, but some Cantabrians say the focus should be on rebuilding the suburbs first.
The new Christchurch CBD will be compact with a green city centre.
Prime Minister John Key revealed the plan, and his enthusiasm for it, this evening.
“I am absolutely convinced that as a result of the plan, the pop of Christchurch will be growing, the energy will be palpable, and you'll be living in a place that will be the envy of other New Zealanders.”
The city centre will be made up of 12 main projects framed by green wide open spaces.
The green frame will start at the Avon River at Kilmore Street and stretch 1200m south to Saint Asaph Street and then along another four blocks west to Montreal Street and back to the river.
The convention centre is one of the key projects and will be in the heart of the city.
“We are looking for a facility that will cope with 2000 delegates whether that one of three with two lots of 500,” Christchurch Central Development Director Warwick Isaacs says.
It will take over the entire farmers block and go over the top of Gloucester Street and into the square.
Christchurch residents submitted more than 106,000 ideas for the Christchurch central recovery plan.
“Its a frame work that will set up for the vision that our people brought to us,” Christchurch mayor Bob Parker says. “A low rise city, a sustainable city, a city where people will feel that they belonged.”
And the future entertainment hub will be a 35,000 seat stadium on the corner of Tuam and Madras Streets.
“This is a multi-purpose venue,” Mr Isaacs says. “Obviously it can cope with international and local fixtures and concerts. It's a rectangular format.”
It's been proposed as a covered venue with a natural turf and a roof.
But outside tonight's convention, frustrated home owners argued a roof over their heads was more important.
“Christchurch homes are being forgotten about – there’s a lot of people here still using portaloos, and the Government, all they care about is going the CBD,” one frustrated resident says.
“I'd like to see the Government have the same focus on residential developments as they do on the city centre,” a home owner says.
But affected property owners and developers are supportive of the new plan.
And while the Government won’t reveal how much the project could cost, they say its success is dependent on backing from the private sector.
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31/07/2012 9:37:52 a.m.
Its like the Media is working to portray a perception that the job is completed.In fact people in Chch are suffering.
THANKS FOR NOTHING!
31/07/2012 6:58:04 a.m.
This article is a waste of time and nothing to do with the plight of the people in Christchurch? Instead of covering the thousands in limbo this article just relays the same commercial interests we see being promoted everywhere. really insulting!
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