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By GARETH WALLACE
Getting building owners to work
together is the council's strategy
to fix earthquake-prone areas in
Streets such as Courtenay
Place and Cuba St would be
handled in blocks, allowing for
easier organising of work and
possible bulk rates, said
Lambton ward city councillor
Action is being taken. We've
got a long-term plan, but it is
going to cost many, many
millions of dollars,'' she said.
The aim would be to lower the
cost of work on superficial
features'' -- facades and awnings
Working Mens' Club Building
overlooking the playground in
The owner of the building, Ian
Cassels, of the Wellington Com-
pany, has yet to respond to
repeated Wellingtonian requests
for comment about the building's
strengthening work or concerns
for the safety of those in the
Joanne Cooke, who regularly
brings her five- and three-year-
old daughters to the playground
while shopping, now worries
about the risk they face.
The girls love the play-
ground. It keeps them occupied
while I get a coffee, but I can't
help being scared. What would I
do if a quake hit?''
Ms Pannett, who leads the
council's built structure port-
folio, said there was always a
risk, but that the council had to
balance safety with public con-
venience and use of the area.
We're not dismissive of con-
cerns. Cuba St is a priority, but
it's not going to happen in two to
three weeks,'' she said.
The council did not have the
power to deal with superficial
features, and was waiting on the
results of the Royal Commission
into the Christchurch quake,
and possible changes to the
Building Act, she said.
When it came to areas such as
Cuba St, she said there was a
strong public benefit to
preserving both the heritage and
the safety of the area.
Ms Pannett said Cuba St was
not a comparatively high-rent
area, and building owners were
often having trouble raising the
money for strengthening work.
We've known for many years
that we live in an earthquake-
prone city. The risk hasn't
changed because of Christ-
church, but our perception of it
The council's long-term plans
have been adjusted to not only
cover strengthening work and
prevention, but the economic
and social impact'' of a large
Cuba St busker Alan Forester
said he was glad the council was
doing something about the prob-
lem: It's good to know. [It
would] be nice if it was sooner
rather than later,'' he said.
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