CBD meeting draws good questions but few people

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2012

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Fewer than 25 people turned up to the first public meeting on the plan for Christchurch's new central city.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is holding a series of public meetings this week on the Christchurch Central Development Unit's Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

At the first meeting yesterday, Boffa Miskell director and lead planner Don Miskell and CCDU development manager Greg Wilson talked about the anchor projects, what the new city would like look and the reasoning behind it.

The recurring themes from the crowd included parking spaces, what would happen to certain businesses in the new frame and congratulations to the designers on the blueprint.

John Tavener attended the meeting to understand what work had been done.

The meeting was a "good idea" as it allowed people to ask questions, he said.

Sue Allard questioned Wilson about what would happen to part of the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

"I wanted to hear more detail about the plan and see how it would affect me. It's going to be fine."

Meanwhile, Sue Sutherland turned up with several questions, including whether the central library building could be incorporated into the new blueprint.

She was told it would be a "limiting factor" to keep it there.

Wilson, unconcerned by the low turnout, said those who attended asked knowledgeable questions.

The next meeting will be 6pm tomorrow at Templin Hall, Christchurch Horticultural Centre.

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