Anglicans won't comment on Christ Church Cathedral until December

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Decay in Christ Church Cathedral

The Anglican diocese will not answer any questions about the Christ Church Cathedral until December, a spokesman says.

Anglican diocese spokesman Jayson Rhodes said there would be no comment on the cathedral until a Government-appointed working party considering options for the damaged building reports back by December 7.

"The Diocese sees no need for any questions and answers regarding the Cathedral until there is a decision from the Cathedral Working Group," he wrote in an email.

The Christ Church Cathedral has been sitting damaged in central Christchurch for over five years. Pigeons are roosting ...
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The Christ Church Cathedral has been sitting damaged in central Christchurch for over five years. Pigeons are roosting in the roof and chest-high grass and weeds sprout through the pavement around the building.

The email was sent in response to a request for comment on a pest control expert's view that pigeons roosting in the cathedral could be stopped with a giant net.

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Rhodes declined to comment on the idea or answer questions about the cathedral's state of disrepair and neglect.

Pigeons use century-old timber beams as a roosting spot. The totara is marked from their toxic and corrosive droppings.
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Pigeons use century-old timber beams as a roosting spot. The totara is marked from their toxic and corrosive droppings.

"I see no need to respond to anonymous dial up/mail order experts that you put forward now and have done in the past," Rhodes stated in an email sent three days after The Press' initial inquiry.

The working party was formed in June, but announced on July 7 by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee. It will make a recommendation for the future of the cathedral by November 28 and provide a report to the Government and church trustees by December 7.

The working party comprises high-profile Christchurch developer Alasdair Cassels, the man behind The Tannery shopping centre in Woolston, former Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority general manager Steve Wakefield, National Party regional chair Roger Bridge, former NZ Transport Agency head Geoff Dangerfield, and academic Sue McKenzie.

The Anglican cathedral has been sitting damaged in Christchurch's city centre for more than five years, with no clear decision on its possible fate. 

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The Government last year appointed mediator Miriam Dean, QC, in an attempt to break deadlock over the building. Church leaders and the Government announced in December that reinstating the cathedral was being considered.

An announcement on how the deadlock would be resolved was expected by campaigners in April, but did not happen. 

 - Stuff

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