Independent consultant to solve Chch Cathedral battle

(Thomas Mead/3 News)
(Thomas Mead/3 News)

The Government has stepped in to break the deadlock over the future of the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral.

A Government-appointed independent consultant will be employed to find a solution after years of legal fights between those wanting to demolish the cathedral, and those who want to keep it.

The church has been locked in a battle over the cathedral with the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust.

The church wants to rebuild it with a new design, which would require partial demolition, while the trust wants it fully restored.

But now, after a four-year stalemate, a consultant paid by and reporting to the Government will be brought in with the task of breaking the impasse.

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