Redcliffs Park to be sold to make way for new school (File)

The Christchurch City Council has given the sale of Redcliffs Park the go ahead, to be used as the new site for Redcliffs School.

The community’s been locked in a battle with the Ministry of Education since the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

At the time, then-education minister Hekia Parata closed the school citing a rockfall risk – a claim that’s seen major opposition over the years.

In November, Ms Parata announced the school would not re-open on its original site but new areas would be explored.

One of the proposed options – a near two-hectare site currently known as Redcliffs Park.

Today, councillors voted for a land swap with the ministry.

Redcliffs School Principal Rose McInerney says she is elated and relieved.

“It’s a big step forward that we’ve been working so hard towards. A huge amount of people have given a huge amount of their own time to make it all happen for us and finally after six years we’ve got a decision that we know provides certainty for our community.”

Redcliffs Park will become a school, while the old site will be transformed into a community park.

Source: Newstalk ZB


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