Avon - Volga Streets Walkway
The pedestrian walkway between Avon and Volga Streets in Island Bay was closed to the public on 17 January 2017 due to a safety risk.
Why is the Avon - Volga walkway closed?
The building owner’s engineering advice says that the buildings have been damaged in the
November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and aftershocks that followed. So,
those buildings may pose a public safety risk to the walkway in future earthquakes. As a precautionary measure, we've closed the walkway between Avon and
Volga Streets to protect the safety of the public.
Why can’t the chapel just be strengthened?
The entire Erskine site is a category 1 historic place. The Chapel is identified as
having special significance, and so is subject to more regulations to
preserve its character and historic value. This classification and the pending
Environmental Court action between the Save Erskine College Trust and The
Wellington Company prevents anyone from carrying out work that significantly
alters the character of the building until all matters are resolved.
It’s been more than 2 months since the earthquake. Why is the public just now being told?
Two inspections were carried out on 17 January 2017. The council was notified of
the recommendations on 17 January 2017, at which point the cordon was placed on
the Avon-Volga Walkway.
When will the walkway be open again?
Council is satisfied that there is no longer a risk to public safety.
Who will pay for any future construction works?
Wellington Company, as the owner of the site, is responsible for all costs.
How does this affect the proposed Erskine housing development?
The closure of the walkway is not related to construction works on the Erskine site.
The Wellington Company has resource consent to develop the site and restore the Chapel.
The additional damage and pending court action could affect the consent process.