Council stops 'highly visible alterations' to building

Waitaki District Council.
Waitaki District Council.
Inappropriate "highly visible alterations" to an Oamaru commercial building have been stopped.

But the Waitaki District Council would not say this week exactly where the stopped work had occurred.

Council planning manager Hamish Barrell would not be drawn into publicly identifying the location at this week's heritage, environment and regulatory committee meeting under questioning from deputy chairman Cr Jim Hopkins.

The council's heritage and planning activity report tabled at the meeting notes: "Officers have taken action to ensure that the highly visible alterations to a commercial building in central Oamaru have been halted and measures to ensure the reinstatement of an improved frontage are forthcoming."

Asked whether the work that had been stopped was in Tees St, Mr Barrell said: "It is in that general vicinity, I guess that's fair."

Committee chairman Hugh Perkins said that the in-formation might become available in a public-excluded report in future.

Earlier in the meeting, council heritage, environment and regulatory manager Lichelle Guyan rejected Cr Hopkins suggestion a list of non-compliant building work in the district be publicised.

While officers continued to identify non-compliant building work, which was time consuming for staff, the reasons for non-compliance were varied and the issues were often "quite emotive", she said.

"My gut feeling is that if we were to name and shame people, that would be more problematic," she said.

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