Frustrated residents given chance to vent
Residents at "exploding point" will be given a chance to vent their anger at two Christchurch protest rallies.
Disaffected green-blue zone (technical category 3) homeowners plan to picket the Christchurch Cental Development Unit blueprint unveiling at the civic offices on Monday afternoon.
A second group, led by the Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network (WeCan), has planned a protest and march at the offices of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and insurer IAG at noon on August 8.
WeCan spokesman Mike Coleman said the owners of 28,000 TC3 homes had waited 100 weeks for action.
The protest was not "anti-central business district" but a plea to prioritise residential recovery, he said.
"They've been holding on, and I guess after two years they're at exploding point," he said.
"When you hear major announcements on the CBD over stadiums, convention centres and things, they start wondering where the priorities are. This is about the same energy, efficiency and priority they've given to the CBD over 100 days' planning being given to the suburbs, who have been waiting 100 weeks."
Coleman said he had "no qualms" about going after the EQC and insurers.
Many homeowners were "beside themselves" because of delays and changing policies.
"While others are getting their homes fixed, the ones with the most damage are getting nothing in terms of movement forward," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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