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Letters: Controversial Cathedral Square pavillions a ‘monstrosity’

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Readers are backing the Christchurch Civic Trust calling for the proposed pavilions to be moved out of Cathedral Square. If you have an opinion email bridget.rutherford@starmedia.kiwi

Rob Williams – The
proposed pavilion in the Square is nothing short of a monstrosity! The chalice is amazing, and far less intrusive than the proposed pavilion. I hope the council will see reason, and move it elsewhere. It will detract from everything around it, and for what? It is so ugly. There is a need for money to be spent in Christchurch on many other things – roads for one – it is another total waste of money. I have talked to many people about this, and none can see the reason for the suggestion to locate it in the Square.

David Thornley – The Metropol Parasol in Seville is a highly successful plaza creation. Unfortunately, it does not translate to the basket case of an architectural proposal for Christ Church Cathedral Square. The proposed structure confronts the Cathedral with hostile antagonism. Urban designers and landscape designers should not be interfering and competing with the Cathedral which should be the dominating and enduring image of the square.

Aliza Clifford – For a Garden City I have to say this is pretty ugly. What’s wrong with a decent piece of lawn with some sail shades and some leafy trees to offer cool cover in the Summer. Some of our Christchurch officials seem to have developed the attitude “if it’s a blank space we need to build something on it”.

Ann Christie – They are hideous and would significantly detract from the Cathedral. Again, magic areas are about to be turned into ghastly, non-visit locations. What has happened to our Garden City?

Sandra Shaw – I was horrified when I saw the proposal and wondered what on earth the people who came up with the idea were thinking. It is totally inappropriate to have such huge, overbearing structures so close to the Cathedral. Having travelled overseas many times, I have yet to see one square, where the........

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