Another central-city cordon lifted

Last updated 14:11 14/06/2013
CORDONS LIFTED: New Zealand Defence Force staff, who have patrolled the inner city will soon disappear from another part of the central city when more cordons are lifted there.

Relevant offers

City Centre

Changing demography affects voting Church set to reopen for Christmas Plans unveiled for central-city transport revamp Library coming down but memories stick Alarm at plan to triple-bunk Garden City prisoners Wilson Parking responds to McCormick Man arrested after waving metal bar Gary McCormick furious about parking $3m to be spent on play equipment New playground 'unlike anything in NZ'

Another cordon has been lifted in central Christchurch, with access to streets east of Manchester St opened.

The move, just confirmed, is the second and smallest of four cordon reductions planned in coming weeks.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) spokeswoman said a cluster of dangerous buildings between Bedford Row, Madras, Manchester and High streets will stay behind a safety fence as there were still concerns about their stability.

Cera has updated its central city cordons map.

Once the buildings' owners have dealt with those issues, the safety fence's placement will be reassessed.

"Owners and their engineers can access the area as required to complete the necessary works, but any reduction of the safety fence will rely on their efforts,'' she said.

The owners had had several months' notice of the impending cordon change, the spokeswoman said.

While the cordon has been lifted and New Zealand Defence Force staff no longer manage the area, parts of the roads will stay closed as repairs continue above and below ground.

Christchurch City Council transport and greenspace manager John Mackie said this was necessary work, but it would be frustrating for some.

"We haven't started work until now as that would have held up the ability to demolish buildings or work on building repairs, and that would have been impractical,'' he said.

"Our role now is to address the roads, footpaths and infrastructure that need work as the last step in this process.''

Ad Feedback

- The Press


Special offers
Opinion poll

How do you feel about the city's first anchor project, the Avon River Precinct?

Fantastic. It will transform the city

Ambivalent. The city needs more than a river precinct to recover

Not impressed. The design narrows the river

Vote Result

Related story: Vision of city by the water

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content