Council stripping eastern suburbs - lobby

5:58 am on 21 April 2012

A Christchurch lobby which wants to see the Queen Elizabeth II Park Recreation and Sport Centre rebuilt in the eastern suburbs says the city council is asset-stripping those suburbs.

Christchurch City Council has said the earthquake-damaged complex is dangerous and will be demolished.

And its draft annual plan, released on Friday for consultation, proposes a multi-sports hub in the central city and a community leisure facility and athletics track at the old QE II site.

But the lobby group, named Keep QEII in the East, says the council has not offered enough options.

Its spokesperson, Louise Wedlake, wants the central city centennial pool to be rebuilt but says the city's main sports facility should stay in the east, where there are natural attractions such as river, forest, estuary and foreshore "playgrounds."