Red zone announcement upsets Brooklands residents

6:15 am on 18 November 2011

Residents in the earthquake damaged Christchurch suburb of Brooklands say they are disappointed and upset that the Government has declared their land too unstable to live on.

The Earthquake Recovery Authority declared 417 properties in the suburb as being in the red zone on Thursday.

Being in the red zone means residents will have to sell their land and move.

Brooklands Residents Association chair Annette Buxton says people are gutted they will have to abandon their homes.

Ms Buxton says residents have been waiting for a decision on their land for more than a year and were hoping their properties would be zoned green so they could stay and fix the damage.

More than 340 homes in other parts of the city were put into the green zone on Thursday, in the suburbs of Parklands, Burwood, South New Brighton, Woolston, Dallington, Avonside and Linwood.

Decisions on about 4600 other homes will be made once land assessments have been completed.

Of those, 908 are currently zoned orange, indicating land assessments are still to be completed, and 3,700 are in the Port Hills white zone, where assessments of potential rockfall are still to be made.

A total of 6,540 properties in Christchurch and Waimakariri have now been zoned red and 180,000 are in the green zone.