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Christchurch City Council Media Release 19 November 2001

Tests To Be Conducted On Council Housing Complexes

Christchurch City Council will be undertaking tests to some of its housing complexes to confirm that the properties are safe for their tenants.

The nine housing complexes identified may have been used as a site for waste deposit prior to Council housing being built on them. Please see the attached list of housing complexes involved.

Rob Dally, Property Manager at Christchurch City Council, said that the health and safety of tenants is the Council’s first priority.

“Christchurch City Council is strongly committed to providing our tenants with a healthy and safe environment in which to live, and as such has developed a plan to identify and investigate all housing complexes which may have a history of use as a site for waste deposit. The Council will worked as quickly as possible to reassure tenants of a healthy and safe environment”, said Mr Dally.

The Council provides low-cost housing for over 2600 people in Christchurch.

Housing is a self-funding unit within the City Council. Ratepayers funds are not required to carry out these tests.

Investigations will involve soil tests in the first instance.

City Council Housing Complexes to be Investigated

Complex Location Reason Current No of Tenants
Capt. Thomas Courts Sumner (Ferrymead Ward) ex-gasworks site 20
Walsall St Riccarton (Spreydon Ward) possible ex-landfill 25
Louisson Courts Opawa (Heathcote Ward) possible ex-landfill 13
Avonheath Courts Redcliffs (Ferrymead Ward) possible ex-landfill 17
Angus Courts Sydenham (Heathcote Ward) ex-car yard 23
Shoreham New Brighton (Pegasus Ward) ex-landfill 26
Weaver Courts Sockburn (Riccarton Ward) ex-landfill 23
Sandilands Aranui (Ferrymead Ward) ex-landfill 42
Hennessy Spreydon (Spreydon Ward) ex-landfill 15

Total number of Christchurch City Council housing complexes: 113

Total capacity of tenants in Council housing complexes is over 2,600

Further information: Rob Dally, Property Manager, Christchurch City Council, ph: 379 1660 extension 8500.

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