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The Corporate and Financial Committee today (5 October) accepted an urgent delegation about the situation faced by residents of Crossdale Courts.
Labour MP for Wigram Megan Woods was accompanied by Crossdale Courts resident James Barber.
Crossdale Courts is made up of 22 units, in Curletts Road, Upper Riccarton. The High Court recently overturned a decision that the units fell within the Retirement Villages Act 2003. This leaves the residents, who had thought they had purchased licences to occupy, potentially homeless.
Corporate and Financial Committee Chair Councillor Helen Broughton says the committee was happy to make a special exception to hear from the delegation and supported further action by the Council.
“The committee was very concerned about the plight of the residents and the unfortunate turn of events. We wanted explore any possibility of the Council purchasing these units.”
The Corporate and Financial Committee recommended today that staff urgently report back to the Community,
Recreation and Culture committee on the opportunity of purchasing Crossdale Courts for social housing in the short and medium term, the financial feasibility, and how this could be actioned if deemed suitable and financially feasible.