Cathedral Square future in focus


Ideas about how to redevelop Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch after the earthquakes are about to be put to the public.
The joint city council and Crown rebuild authority Regenerate Christchurch launched a draft concept for Cathedral Square today and asked what people thought about it.
While there has been plenty of progress across the central city as a whole, the area around Cathedral Square has not seen the same level of activity or private investment, the authority says.
There is a City Leaders’ Forum in the city today hosted by Christchurch Regeneration Minister Nicky Wagner and Mayor Lianne Dalziel, facilitated by the Press editor Joanna Norris.
A panel at it was to discuss the vision for, and regeneration of, Cathedral Square and its environs.
“I’m looking forward to hearing about and discussing people’s vision for Cathedral Square and its surroundings, as well as getting updates on some of the central city’s key projects,” Ms Dalziel said.
Streams, trees and a planted wetland area, a covered market place, a youth area with exercise space, and a tram route on Colombo Street are all thought to be under consideration, the Press reported.
A previous $9.2 million square redevelopment plan was shelved last year.
The future of the badly damaged Christ Church Anglican Cathedral is also an ongoing issue for the city. NZN

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