Heritage buildings' fate to be discussed

Posted 30 Sep 2012 by MediaStuff Popular
Posted in CBD , Events , Heritage , Media , CCDU

More than a quarter of the heritage buildings still standing in central Christchurch could be affected by the central city blueprint, heritage advocates say.

Historic Places Canterbury, Christchurch Civic Trust and IConIC are holding a meeting tomorrow night in an effort to reawaken the public's passion for Christchurch's dwindling heritage stock.

Historic Places Canterbury vice-chairman Ross Gray said "perfectly viable buildings and buildings which could be repaired" might be lost under the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

Historic Places Trust figures show 31 of 120 remaining central-city heritage buildings and sites are within anchor project areas outlined in the blueprint.

Gray said Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) was invited to provide a panelist to talk about its heritage policy.

"Roger Sutton has another public meeting and [Christchurch Central Development Unit director] Warwick Isaacs will be overseas, Cera has not provided an attendee to represent its viewpoint.

"It would have been good to hear their point of view.

"As we understand, Cera does not yet have a heritage policy."

The Ng building, where the meeting will be held, is standing under the shadow of a planned sports stadium.

Heritage property owners will share their experiences at the meeting. Other speakers will look at the important role cultural heritage plays internationally, and the impact of the loss of local democracy on the destruction of heritage buildings.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Ng Gallery, 212 Madras St.

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