QE II 'cheaper' to build in east

Posted 31 May 2012 by MediaStuff Popular
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Rebuilding the QE II Park Recreation and Sport Centre on its current site could save the Christchurch City Council $66 million, a residents' group says.

The Keep QE II in the East group presented a submission on the quake-hit centre at the first day of council annual plan hearings yesterday.

Group founder Louise Wedlake said more than 10,000 people had signed a petition urging the council to keep the centre in the east, and more than 1000 people had made submissions.

The council's plans for a metropolitan sports hub in the central city would deprive the eastern suburbs of an important asset, she said.

The group has estimated the council could save $66m by rebuilding QE II on its current site instead of building the metropolitan hub.

The council needed to show "solidarity" with residents in the east by rebuilding a major sports centre in the area, Wedlake said.

"The east needs to recover, just as the CBD does."

Burwood-Pegasus Community Board member David East, who supported Wedlake, said the natural resources in the eastern suburbs made it a perfect location for an aquatic facility.

"We have the river, the estuary, the beaches, Bottle Lake Forest ... we see these all as natural linkages to QE II and the aquatic aspect of the ward."

East said QE II had been "a major point of difference" for the area since it was built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

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