Jim Anderton resumes cathedral fight

MARC GREENHILL
Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012

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A health scare has not dulled former MP Jim Anderton's humour or his will to the save Christ Church Cathedral.

The man leading the campaign against the demolition of the central city landmark said yesterday he was "recovering well" after his release on Thursday from a two-week hospital stint because of a heart-related condition.

"I'm back home and it's all pretty well back to normal.

"I read an obituary of Jim Anderton in the Northhampton Times, which was on my Blackberry [phone]. I said to somebody that rumours of my early demise are somewhat exaggerated, even though I've read it in the newspaper."

Although reluctant to discuss the specific details of his condition, Anderton said it was not related his role as co-chairman of the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust or the recent High Court case with the Church Property Trust.

He had kept in touch with last week's court decision, which halted further demolition of the cathedral until a judicial review was heard, and was planning the trust's next step.

The decision was "relatively favourable" and Anderton was keen to resume talks with the Anglican church, which said this week it would review the trust's engineering reports.

"[The church] have to show some evidence they've really looked at, and seriously looked at it. We're watching it very carefully and discussing it with our legal representatives," he said.

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