Sale Of Surplus Land At Hanmer
The Canterbury District Health Board today agreed unanimously to sell its surplus land at Hanmer. The proposal will now be sent to the Minister of Health, Hon Annette King for her consent.
In a presentation to the Board’s meeting, the General Manager of Organisational Support and Development Murray Dickson recommended that the surplus land, formerly known as the Queen Mary site, should be sold.
The land has not been occupied by the Canterbury DHB or its predecessors since 1997 and does not envisage any future public health or disability use for the land which has been unoccupied since November when the tenant at the time went into liquidation.
A public consultation process was carried out by the CDHB last year which had attracted 94 submissions from a Canterbury population in excess of 400,000. Mr Dickson said most of the submissions were in relation to the services provided by Hanmer Clinics Limited which had since gone into liquidation, rather than about the land site itself. If the tenant had continued with the services provided at the site, they would have not been affected by the proposed land sale.
Mr Dickson said that the CDHB was currently owed $130,000 by the former tenant which was unlikely to be recovered. There were also likely to be ongoing costs through site deterioration as well as maintaining and securing the site which was estimated to cost about $600,000 each year. The DHB had put adequate security measures in place since November as an interim measure.