Controversial upgrades to
Hagley Park's cricket oval in central Christchurch have been
backed by city councillors today.
The 11 votes to three majority decision gives Canterbury
Cricket a ground lease for its proposed development, which
includes a raised embankment, new pavilion and retractable
It's a major boost in the city's bid to bring the ground up
to international standard and the ability to host three 2015
Cricket World Cup games.
The Environment Court granted the ground resource consent
earlier this month, with strict conditions on its use,
including capacity and the number of matches a year.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) last month awarded
the opening match of the tournament to the post-disaster
city, with New Zealand to play 1996 champions Sri Lanka on
February 14, 2015.
Councillors against were Helen Broughton, Yani Johanson, and
Glenn Livingstone who said he was "unhappy with [the]
The council also voted to support on releasing $1.85 million
towards the development.
The February 2011 earthquake caused major damage to the
city's premier cricket venue, AMI Stadium.
While its owners, Christchurch City Council remain in
discussions with its insurers over its future, the city has
missed out on prominent cricket matches in the last
Conditions imposed by the Environment Court include:
* No more than two fixtures exceeding 12,000 spectators may
be scheduled in any three-year period.
* No more than 13 match days allocated to major fixtures
within any cricket season.
* The total number of days that temporary structures and
facilities associated with major fixtures may occupy the oval
are not to exceed 40 days a season.
* Two or more major fixtures may be scheduled in the same
week, provided on each occasion the total number of days that
temporary facilities may occupy the oval shall not exceed 14
* Light headframes are to be removed at the end of each