A new library is "the highest priority for Sumner", residents say. Demolition of the suburb's earthquake-damaged library was approved after Christchurch City Council insurers deemed it uneconomic to repair.
Former Sumner Residents' Association chairwoman Adrienne Jackson said the library was sorely missed. "The most important thing is to have a new library built. It was a big focus in our community, especially with a lot of elderly in Sumner," she said,
"It's the highest priority for Sumner, in my opinion. The library bus is OK but it's no substitute for shelves with books on them."
Council libraries and information manager Carolyn Robertson said options were being considered for a combined library, museum and community hub.
"The loss of three facilities that were all so close together - the library and the already demolished Sumner Community Centre and Museum - has given the council a unique opportunity to begin looking at the type of facility that might best suit the needs of our community in the future," she said
Source: Press (Joelle Dally)
Group's website: Sumner Community Residents Association