Lyttelton Business Recovery update April 9 by Andrew TurnerI attended a Civil Defence briefing on Friday, at which it was confirmed by John Hamilton, the National Controller, that three Lyttelton buildings are expected to be signed off by the National Controller’s office for immediate demolition. These are 24 London Street (The Harbour Light Theatre), 6 London Street (The former No.6 Café), and 9 London Street (The Empire Hotel). This is as a direct response to our comments and questioning relating to these buildings preventing speedy economic recovery of London Street, and an understanding on the part of Civil Defence that the removal of these buildings will allow recovery of other businesses to take place. It has been confirmed that it is expected these buildings will have demolition works completed by 19th April (prior to Easter). It then remains the aim for the remainder of the Lyttelton demolitions to take place after Easter.
A question was also asked in the same meeting regarding the financial implications of Civil Defence initiated demolitions. I further clarified this by further questioning at the end of the meeting. The response from Civil Defence National Controller John Hamilton is as follows:
1. The Lyttelton Library has now reopened, and is operating normal hours from Friday of last week.
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