Proposal to Cover off the West Side of the Cathedral
Monday, 13th of April, 2015… Anglicans Reject Proposal !
See media section at bottom of page for details.
Geoffrey Rathbun, on Monday, March the 2nd, 2015, handed to the Anglican Church Offices in Church Corner, Riccarton, 2 copies of a proposal to cover off the exposed west wall of the cathedral. Here are some excerpts from his letter of proposal…..
“The Press” – Please Pressure them
“The Press” has been informed of this proposal, but have not put out a news release. You can help this effort by sending them a letter. Just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can just say how closing off the hole in the west wall will have so many benefits. See the list below to help you choose what benefit you prefer.
The proposal involves adding a structure comprising 4 steel panels around the exposed West Gable, and the West Foyer, stopping the entry of rain and dust from this exposed side. Bird entry by this route would also be eliminated. This “covering structure” is free-standing and does not contact the Cathedral. It partially utilises the “steel frame” that stands there now. The “covering structure” is specially designed to be safe to install. This is an independent proposal and funding will come from myself and other bodies that I have confidence will provide the remaining amounts. An approximate cost estimate is in the region of 60 to 70 thousand dollars.
( Friday, 6th of March – prices have come in, and cost is now down to about $55,000 )
a) water and dust entry through the west gable of the Cathedral would be halted
b) bird entry from the west gable would be eliminated, and total entry area greatly reduced
c) degradation of internal elements of the Cathedral, especially at the West end would be significantly reduced
d) the structure should make it safe to enter the West Foyer and to work on it’s roof
e) the West Foyer and remains of the West Wall could then be safely dismantled and removed
f) the appearance of the Cathedral from the West will be greatly enhanced, benefitting all citizens
g) this work is “neutral” in terms of the Restoration / Demolition public debate
h) the conflict between the CPT and the Public would move to a new and more flexible position
i) the CPT would not be required to provide funds, but would be welcome to assist if they desired
j) whilst a matter between the Anglican Church and the Public, news that the CPT wished to have this protective and aesthetic work done, would provide a lift in Public support for the Anglican Church in Canterbury.
k) the strong structure will make it possible to safely enter the nave (a little bit) and make detailed observations of the internal state of the Cathedral
PDF file of the full 14 page Proposal (8.5 MB)
Cathedral Closure Proposal – Draft 4 – Presentation – Document Distribution
Support from “Heritage New Zealand”
This proposal has the support of Heritage New Zealand. Please see a copy on page 4 of a recent email to me from Rob Hall, General Manager, Heritage New Zealand, Southern Region.
Christchurch City Council Meeting
Today, on the 5th of March I had a Pre-Application Meeting with 4 staff members of the Christchurch City Council. My aim was to obtain information about any consents required for this work. The meeting was very successful and the information will be forwarded to the Anglican Church in support of the proposal.
Morning Report, March 11, 2015
The Star Newspaper
First Article on March 11, 2015 was a combined front page plus page three article
Chris Lynch Morning Talkback – Audio link coming
YouTube – Video of the Installation Sequence: https://youtu.be/ZYB9bX9Acoo