EQC doing easy fixes to boost numbers - councillor

Posted 08 Aug 2012 by MediaStuff Popular
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The EQC is prioritising "easy fixes" to boost its home repair progress numbers, a Christchurch City councillor says.

Cr Tim Carter said that judging by the progress maps on the EQC website, most completed repairs appeared to be in the least quake-affected areas, while most of the claims were in the worst-hit eastern and hill areas.

Carter will today ask Mayor Bob Parker and councillors to write to Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and EQC chief executive Ian Simpson for specifics on the way the commission is prioritising claims.

He will also ask at today's council meeting that the EQC make the processing of claims and repairs for the elderly, vulnerable and the most severely damaged houses its "highest priorities".

Carter said repairing the least-affected properties first was "wrong".

“I doubt there is a person in Christchurch who's been happy about having their repair work done ahead of the elderly or families with young children, particularly when so many of them are living through their second winter in homes which aren't weathertight," he said.

"You only need to look at the scarcity of repairs done to homes in hill suburbs to see that it's the most seriously damaged homes, rich and poor, which are at the bottom of the EQC pile."

Cr Glenn Livingstone, who represents the Burwood-Pegasus ward, said that when Fletcher EQR repaired his former Bryndwr home "we were told EQC was attending to homes in the west first".

Livingstone, who planned to second Carter's motion, said the lack of progress in technical category 3 (TC3) areas was the worst of all.

"No-one actually knows what the priorities are. When you look at the maps, you can quite clearly see the lack of repairs happening," he said.

Simpson said there was a "whole range of prioritisation techniques" and he would address councillors on these.

There was a timeline for the TC3 drilling programme and a plan to have all repairs over $50,000 finished by the end of next year, he said.

EQC had just announced it would do 100 repairs a month for elderly or people who were ill.

Carter said this was not enough. He wanted to see details in writing.

"Hopefully he will have responded by [today]."

Fletcher EQR is managing EQC repairs for homes with $15,000 to $100,000 of structural damage.

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