What is New in Lower High Street?
On Monday 22nd May 2017, two of the Duncan’s units will be completely demolished. These are the last 2 units at the north end. The demolition has been authorised by LINZ (Land Information New Zealand). (Non notified Resource Consent?) I understand the reasons for the demolition, namely being that the surrounding land owners are trying to access and open their newly refurbished buildings. It is their right to have unobstructed access to their buildings. I have no issues with any of this.
But there are some problems with this demolition.
- They were easily repairable. It also destroys 2 units in the oldest row of strip shops left in the city. (1905)
- The demolition is a further needless loss of infrastructure. (I am convinced that the demolition of the cities heritage buildings was advocated by the Current Government to dig them out of a recession and GDP hole).
- The Historic Places trust and all associated groups have been invisible on this issue.
- CCC appears to have made no attempts to resolve the issue, unlike the New Regent Street situation where they facilitated negotiations.
- There is a lack of legislation, or the will to force the building owners to act. ie those who have not done anything in 6 plus years. CCC refuses to assist us.
- There is an inconsistency of legislation across the country. ie Parapet tie-back legislation, with subsidies, is in place for the Upper South Island and the lower north island only.
I also note that we do not have unobstructed access to some parts of our building, as a result of the inaction of a neighbouring building owner. I have now approached LINZ to see if they will facilitate a solution for us.
Oh dear, when will they learn? For me, it means a further devaluing of the Duncan’s Units historic value.
And from monday 163 and 165 will be leveled to the ground.
This is not the support for the retention of the Duncan’s Units that I was promised.
What a surprise. Not!