From Building networks
I read this article “Heritage Matters To” on scoop over the weekend and I just couldn’t help but respond. Ben Schrader, urban historian, is critical of the Government’s stance on Christchurch’s heritage building demolition preferring to loose a ‘few’ lives for the sake of preserving history. I don’t support this at all. And thanks Ben because someone has challenged me enough to come forward with a few home truths. Now this may seem ironic from someone like me who has Masters degree in History (among other things) but I can’t bare to think that historic buildings should prevail over building safety.
For years building inspectors have been a much maligned group. No one rocks up to the Council to say “thank you” for an inspection or a building consent for that matter. The public, the trades, and the professionals are usually resentful, some are rude and often misinformed about the rules of the built environment.