Packing begins at Airedale Courts

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 11:54 25/09/2012
Airedale std
Joseph Johnson
MOVING OUT: Resident Phillipa Acourt prepares to leave Airedale Courts today.

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Bexley suburb returns to nature 2015 will be 'year of momentum' for Christchurch CTV victim's father welcomes litigation Alan Reay faces disciplinary hearing over CTV building declaration Drone footage shows quake-ravaged Christchurch suburb Reid Stiven to depart Earthquake Commission Database snapshot of tree coverage Rebuilding Christ Church Cathedral is 'not a compromise' says Jim Anderton Sir Miles Warren design may break four-year Christ Church Cathedral deadlock What do we want from a memorial?

The packing boxes are out at Airedale Courts, where 24 units are being closed by the Christchurch City Council because they are earthquake-prone.

Of the 24 units, only 10 are occupied.

Among those packing today was Phillipa Acourt, who has lived in the complex for 10 years.

She was shocked to learn she would have to leave but accepted the council needed to put the safety of its residents first.

''I know we have to move on, but it was a shock finding out about it,'' said Acourt, who spent the morning sorting out her belongings in anticipation of a move to a council housing complex in Beckenham or Sydenham.

''I will be sad to leave but I know it has to happen,'' she said.

In the past few weeks, 36 units at Brougham Village and 24 Airedale Courts units have been closed by the council because of concerns about their structural safety.

Their closure brings the number of council units out of action because of quake damage to 451.

That number could still grow as a report due to be presented to councillors on Thursday shows detailed engineering evaluations have yet to be completed on the bulk of the council's housing stock.

Between now and next June, engineers will pore over about 50 council housing complexes considered at highest risk  because of their construction or age, or because they are on technical category 3 land.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content