2013年08月23日

The Supreme Court to take the battle


The Great Christchurch Buildings Trust last month had its bid to stop the deconstruction of the landmark, badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, thrown out by the Court of AppealPropecia.

It is now applying for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court to oppose a move by the Church Property Trust to deconstruct and partially demolish the cathedral to a safe levelotterbox defender.

It believes any decision to demolish the cathedral is detrimental to the recovery of Christchurchip networking services.

It will argue against four rulings of the Court of Appeal that:

* public funds donated to the cathedral were irrelevant in determining the church's powers

* the church is only required to have a cathedral in the Square and demolition and erection of a new cathedral is permitted, provided funds are available to do so

* church trustees have no obligation to maintain or repair the existing cathedral

* the church is free to demolish the cathedral, despite what is said in the Anglican (Diocese of Christchurch) Church Property Trust Act 2003, and other legislation.

The group says it also wants the uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of the cathedral cleared up and is willing to talk to the church to avert legal action.

It has developed a plan which will see the cathedral restored over a seven-year period for $67 million.

"Another cathedral, whatever its shape or design, would be a betrayal of the ideals of the founders of Christchurch, and an inferior substitute for one of New Zealand's finest buildings," it said in a statement.

In May, the Anglican church said over half of the more than 3700 submissions on three options for the future of the cathedral favoured a contemporary design which church leaders also backed.
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