Christ's College lease Hagley site for $1

Christ's College can now officially call Hagley Park home.

Christchurch City councillors this week agreed to grant a lease to Christ's College to legalise its 135-year occupation of part of South Hagley Park.

As part of the Hagley Park Management Plan, a lease is required for the sports ground area and buildings built and managed by the school.

However, the lease was never formalised.

Christ's College has occupied the area in question since 1886.

Councillors agreed to lease part of the park to Christ's College for $1 a year for 33 years.

In return, Christ's College will maintain the land, allow free public access when not using the fields formally and allow other organisations to book use of the fields when not already being used.

It would cost the council about $32,645 each year to maintain the area itself.

College bursar Colin Sweetman was pleased to have the lease finalised.

"It's not been done for one reason or another, but we've always been willing to do it ever since it came up," he said.

The college owned the few buildings on the site, including a caretaker's house and shed, but the rest was mainly land for sports, Sweetman said.

Under the new lease, no further building will be allowed. Likewise, no permanent infrastructure, such as artificial playing surfaces, can be constructed without the council's permission.

The Press