13 Nov 2008

Dunedin heritage buildings threatened with demolition

8:02 am on 13 November 2008

The Historic Places Trust is speaking out against the demolition of historic buildings, as Dunedin City Council considers the fate of three.

There has been tension between the council and the Trust in the past over possible plans for several heritage sites, including the Athenaeum Building in the central city.

The Trust says the proposed demolition of three historic buildings in High Street and Princes Street would compromise Dunedin's heritage character.

Otago-Southland area manager for the Heritage Trust, Owen Graham, says developers and local authorities are ultimately responsible for streetscape changes.

Mr Graham says developers should be offered incentives to re-use heritage buildings, rather than demolishing them.