Councillors vote to save town hall

UNANIMOUS: A key city council committee has voted to save the Christchurch Town Hall.
UNANIMOUS: A key city council committee has voted to save the Christchurch Town Hall.

A key city council committee has voted to save the Christchurch Town Hall.

The community, recreation and culture committee today voted unanimously to retain and repair the earthquake-damaged building.

Council staff had been investigating the option of retaining only the main auditorium, but the eight-strong committee rejected that option, saying it wanted the entire complex saved.

The cost of saving the complex has been estimated at $127.5 million over four years, but how much of that the council will have to stump up is unclear as it is still negotiating with its insurers.

It is banking on getting nearly $69m from the insurers, but staff conceded today there was no certainty that would happen.

Mayor Bob Parker said last week that the city council would have "a damn good go" at ensuring the town hall was saved.

The Press