Halt to demolition of hall may provide opportunity

A motion to halt the demolition of a community hall in Kaitangata may be an opportunity for new owners.

The Clutha District Council this week decided to pass a motion to demolish the old concrete-block borough building at 17 Eddystone St.

Kaitangata resident Joanne Marsh spoke before council, bringing a proposal to buy the building for $100 in order to start a bed and breakfast.

She would also live in the property.

"There is no accommodation like that in Kai," she said.

"It would cover its costs and help bring more people to Kaitangata."

Group manager service delivery Jules Witt said the Kaitangata Volunteer Fire Brigade, which occupied the building next to the site, had approached the council about buying the property for parking space.

Councillor Bruce Vollweiller proposed the council should refrain from demolishing the building and open up the process up for tender.

"I don’t think Kaitangata needs another building demolished. I’d like to see it being used for residential or commercial purposes."

This would avoid an estimated cost of $30,000 for demolition.

At the same meeting, the council approved the 2021-31 long-term plan project plan report.


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