Cathedral Square cleared for New Year celebrations

5:15 pm on 30 December 2010

The traditional New Year's Eve celebration in Christchurch's Cathedral Square is to go ahead.

Aftershocks from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake in September continue to rattle the South Island city.

The council has been assessing damage to the Cathedral and surrounding buildings since a spate of aftershocks at the weekend.

A cross near the top of the Cathedral fell into a cordon around the base of the building on Wednesday, but no one was hurt.

Acting mayor Ngaire Button says there was concern that loose bricks could fall into the square from tall buildings.

However, she says workers have spent the past three days assessing buildings and making them safe for celebrations on Friday night.

The council has emergency evacuation plans in case there is another aftershock during the event, she says.