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Historic Heaton St Homestead To Be Demolished

Media Statement Monday 26 January 2001


Released by: Stephen Bryant Heaton St Residents Committee

Historic Heaton St Homestead To Be Demolished - St George’s Hospital To Build Four-Lane Entrance.

Heaton St residents say the battle lines are drawn as they prepare to fight a proposal by St George’s Hospital to enlarge their existing entrance onto Heaton St as part of the hospitals redevelopment plans.

Last Thursday St George’s Hospital invited their immediate neighbors to a meeting to explain their landscaping proposal of the Heaton St entrance.

Local residents were stunned to learn that the Hospital will remove the original 1913, Cecil Woods designed, Heaton St homestead and significantly extend their Heaton St frontage by replacing the home with a four-lane highway/entrance.

Spokesperson for The Heaton St Residents Committee, Stephen Bryant, said “St George’s claim they had no option but to purchase the historic homestead with a view to extend their Heaton St frontage from 20 metres to 48 metres as a consequence of a condition of a Council resource consent is absolute nonsense.”

“Our group has been told by a Christchurch City Council Traffic Engineer, Ray Edwards, that he was of the firm opinion no extension of the Heaton St frontage was necessary as the existing driveway was more than adequate to handle any increases in cars, resulting from the hospitals redevelopments.”

“Last week we were advised by Jane Donaldson Environmental Services Manager CCC that the council had discussions with the hospital regarding the removal of the house, however no resource consent had been presented to the council although the hospital over a year ago was granted a demolition certificate.”

He said, “Residents are very angry not only with this proposal but how St George’s have been allowed to encroach into a residential neighbourhood by purchasing surrounding properties for demolition to increase the land area of the hospital.”

“Papanui Rd and Leinster Rd are good example where residential houses have been purchased by St George’s Hospital and then replaced by concrete slab frontages of consulting rooms.”

“Now they want to make a start on Heaton St, which is supposed to be protected by a Special Amenity Zone (SAM) created in the New City Plan by the CCC.”

“Residents are not going to tolerate any further destruction of the residential nature of the area, and will fight this proposal and any future attempts by the St George’s Hospital to indrustrialise the Merivale community” Stephen Bryant said.


End.

For Further Information:

Stephen Bryant
150 Heaton St
ph 03 355 7425 home
ph 03 364 5005 wk
e-mail… sbryant@paradise.net.nz


Background Heaton St Residents Committee

The Committee was formed following a meeting held by residents in September 1999 to address the significant adverse effects that resulted in a Conditional Resource Consent being granted to St George's Hospital in Merivale.

Committee members are:

Bill Hall, Bruce Irvine, Stephen Bryant, Julian Price, Antony Gough,
David Lynch and Brian Lyttle representing Heaton Intermediate School.

The Concerns are:

Further erosion of the residential zone surrounding the hospital

The possible loss of 146 Heaton St

Major traffic safety implications for all users of Heaton St but particularly the 600 Heaton Intermediate School Pupils.

A breach of Natural Justice when the CCC decided to impose a conditional resource consent on St George’s Hospital creating new effects on parties that whilst effected were never consulted.

Whilst the committee has made a number of deputations to the CCC regarding the above concerns, to date nothing has been resolved.

For comment from Heaton Intermediate:

David Bycroft
Principal
Heaton Normal Intermediate School
Phone: 03 355 9555
Email: dbycroft@heaton.ac.nz

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