Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

City Housing residents to be re-housed

City Housing residents to be re-housed

Christchurch City Council is closing part of the HP Smith Courts City Housing Complex in Richmond after engineering investigations identified significant structural damage.

All affected residents in the seven social housing units will be offered an alternative place to live and support from social agencies.

City Housing staff will help a resident living in the most damaged unit to move to another unit today while the six other affected residents will be given assistance to move over the next week as their units are less damaged. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, these residents must be given seven days' notice.

Housing Committee Chair Glenn Livingstone says this is a distressing time for residents but Council staff are doing all they can to ensure residents are well supported.

"The Council had already carried out a Detailed Engineering Evaluation of this complex, which showed it was fit to occupy. However, with new information now available, our staff have acted immediately to protect residents' safety. We are pleased that we have been able to find alternative housing for them so quickly. Our thoughts are with residents at this time."

Hagley/Ferrymead Councillor Paul Lonsdale says the Council is keeping all residents in the complex fully informed and reassuring them their safety is of the highest priority.
"Although the six other affected tenants have seven days to move, we'll help them to move out sooner if they wish."

A Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) carried out last year showed the complex was 35 per cent of New Building Standard and could therefore remain open under Council occupancy guidelines. However, the DEE recommended that further intrusive investigations should be carried out for insurance purposes. It was during these investigations, completed yesterday, that more structural damage was identified.

Residents living in another block of eight units in the complex will remain there. Previous assessments show this block has minimal damage. However, engineers will be carrying out further intrusive investigations to confirm this is the case.

The assessments are being carried out under the Council's Facilities Rebuild Programme. For more information visit www.ccc.govt.nz/facilitiesrebuild


- ENDS -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

PM's Press Conference: Two More Troops?

Prime Minister Bill English gave a summary his highlights of last week’s budget announcement... The Prime minister was asked about NATO’s request for New Zealand to send two more personnel to Afghanistan and whether or not we will send them. More>>

ALSO:

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election