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Cathedral square has a proposed annual rent of only $1

Digby Werthmuller
1 Cathedral Square
  Digby Werthmuller

The Christchurch City Council is considering a proposal to grant a lease and licence to Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited to utilise an area of Cathedral Square for construction purposes.

With stabilisation plans set to start on the Cathedral once lockdown is lifted, Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL) is working with the City Council touse a strip on Cathedral Square for construction purposes before the reinstatement process begins.

The strip will house a laydown, storage and temporary site accommodation to support the construction works associated with the reinstatement process.

In order for the CCRL and council contract to have a binding lease, a value must be considered. More commonly known as “peppercorn rent”, a nominal sum of $1 is usually where it begins.

CCRL are requesting that the building on site, previously used as a kiosk, be used as a visitor centre open to members of the public during the project duration.

The council is yet to consider a report on the proposal, which was deferred last week.

CCRL Proposal
Christchurch City Council