3 Apr 2016

Submissions close on plan for QEII site

4:57 pm on 3 April 2016

Public consultation closes today on a plan to move two schools in Christchurch to the QEII site.

The sports facility was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquakes and has since been demolished.

An aerial view of QEII park after the February and June 2011 earthquakes.

An aerial view of QEII Park after it was damaged by the 2011 earthquakes but before it was demolished. Photo: AFP

Under the proposal, the quake-damaged Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' High Schools would be moved to the land, and a $37 million pool built.

The city council has been consulting about the proposal to sell the 11.5 hectares to the Ministry of Education.

A submission by the group Keep QEII in the East said it supported relocating the high schools, but they should not go to the particular land the ministry wants to buy.

The group said the community was split over the proposal.

Hearings are scheduled next month.

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