There has been a flurry of articles recently about quake prone buildings. I hope some action will be taken as a result of these articles. So far, I think that this issue is way too hard for the powers that be in Christchurch.
I thought that the situation in Christchurch and now Wellington would have given some impetus to resolving these issues. But…
I saw an excellent summary by John Goddard (John Goddard is an Associate in Morrison Kent’s dispute resolution team) a few days, it is the simplest to understand summary of some of the issues that I have seen. So far no one is listening.
As a building owner in Christchurch, we have been badly let down by the current mishmash of legislation. As you know, we are trapped between two red stickered, unsafe buildings and have been for 6 years. It seems to me that after 6 years a better, more robust mechanism must be put in place. Especially for the smaller building owners who are unable to fund repairs. (Loans, rates rebates, time limits, compulsory acquisition are all solutions to these problems…). The government and the CCC have been asleep at the wheel on this issue for 6 years. ( The CER act that they put in place after the quakes apparently does not appear to cover the eventuality of abandonment).
Nine to noon was this morning talking about this issue: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201828381/more-building-checks-ordered-for-cbd
So what is new in High St:
- Our building amendment for an 18sqm toilet block has come through. The Engineer has been holding this one up. Sigh, he is a busy man. We start the rebuild in February.
- Some one in their infinite wisdom has removed all the red, water filled, safety barriers from the front of the damaged Duncan’s Buildings. That’s weird, the buildings must have fixed themselves overnight? Not.
- They still have not finished the tar sealing the new berm a few meters away from our door. They have had about 5 attempts at it. Typical.
- The CCC has approved removal of 5 trees in front of the Duncan’s Buildings to allow for facade propping. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/87608488/five-trees-to-be-removed-from-central-christchurch-street-to-allow-for-building-repairs
Have a wonderful Christmas. May it be shake free…
P.s. My house is appearing above the ground! ye ha