|Thursday 22 January 1998|
Re-development of the Square has been delayed, following the raising of new planning issues. These issues question whether a resource consent application may be required to consider effects of changed traffic flows and street alignments in the Square. Resource consent approvals are not normally required for such roading changes, however the whole Square has a heritage status under the current proposed City Plan and therefore it is possible it may need to be a special case.
The Council is working to minimise the delays but will need time to work through the implications of the issues. Work was due to start on 2 February.
"The redevelopment of the Square is going ahead, although we could face some delays," said Councillor Margaret Murray, chair of the Central City Committee. "Every effort is being made however to keep momentum on the development and to ensure we honour the public support behind the upgrading of the heart of our City," she said.
Council Projects Cordinator Andrew Robinson says "we are liaising with the contractor and suppliers to work through programming and staging issues. The project programme may require some revision, but we are confident of meeting the overall programme objectives and completing the upgrade by October 1999."
The Council will make a statement in the next fortnight once the issues have been assessed, and on the way forward agreed by all relevant parties.
For further information contact:
Andrew Robinson 371-1609
Council Senior Project Co-ordinator