Kaiapoi centre rebuild 'slow' - mayor

Posted 05 Jun 2012 by MediaStuff
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Work on Kaiapoi's earthquake-hit town centre has been frustratingly slow, Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers says.

An open night was held on Thursday to reassure Kaiapoi residents that plans for the town's centre were progressing.

Ayers said many people were disappointed at the pace of the rebuild.

"I think all of us council and staff feel a bit frustrated," he said. "It's moving slower than we expected, but I think we are making progress."

The presentation covered dangerous and quake-prone buildings, temporary business sites, residential settlements, the Kaiapoi red-zone demolitions and infrastructure rebuild, new settlements and business support.

Ayers said the council recognised that people were anxious to know the plans for the town centre.

"For most people, there would be nothing new," he said. "It was more about our progress.

"The atmosphere was positive, although we know it's going to take a long time."

Blackwells department store hoped to start rebuilding in September, and the council had signed off plans for the Kaiapoi Library, meaning demolition of the service centre would start this year and rebuilding would begin within 12 months.

Most of the town's quake-damaged commercial buildings had been demolished, but some had yet to come down.

An open night for Rangiora's town centre will be held on Thursday at 5.30pm at Rossburn Receptions in Spark Ln.

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