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Property News - 13 August 2020

'Basic' repairs only for Stoke Hall

Stoke's earthquake-prone memorial hall was the hot topic at Nelson City Council last week, with a lengthy debate on how to move forward with repairs.

At a meeting on Thursday, the community services commitee approved a recommendation to commence design for seismic strengthening to bring the building to 67 percent of the new building standard (NBS).

A total of $1.2m has been allocated for the work in 2020/21 - with $500k of this potentially coming from the Provincial Growth Fund for town and memorial halls.

Parks and facilities asset planner, Jane Loughnan, told councillors that if their application is succesful, they would need to move "at pace" and begin physical construction within six months.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 5 August 2020)

Report backs $2.3m artificial turf project

A report recommending a $2.3 million multipurpose artificial turf facility in Nelson is set to be discussed by the Nelson City Council this week.

Intended to service rugby, football and rugby league, the facility would be developed to host both training and matches, and alleviate the pressure on existing grass fields in Nelson.

The results of a feasibility study will be presented to the council’s sport and recreation committee tomorrow.

Guppy Park in Nelson has been identified as the preferred location, with alternative options being Saxton Field and Trafalgar Park.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 August 2020)

Post-lockdown rush cools off

New Zealand’s housing market is still trending upwards but caution is being advised, as an end to financial relief packages may leave some areas vulnerable.

According to July’s QV House Price Index data, the average value nationally increased just 0.4 per cent over the past three month period, down from 1.3 per cent in June, with the average value now $739,151.

The Nelson property market continues to hold its own, with a slight increase of 0.5 per cent over the past quarter and 6.4 per cent annually. The average residential property value is now $662,839.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 5 August 2020)

NCC to decide on riverside move

Some Nelson City councillors are uneasy about making decisions on plans to move council infrastructure to an area along the Maitai River, because of concerns about the site’s vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surge.

Council chief executive Pat Dougherty confirmed councillors were expected to make a ‘‘provisional’’ decision in a meeting next week about whether council should renovate its current Civic House building on Halifax St, or relocate to the area across the road beside the tidal river.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 August 2020)

TRU backing turf project

The Tasman Rugby Union has thrown its support behind the establishment of an artificial turf sports facility in Nelson, including providing funding of $200,000, provided it is at Trafalgar Park.

This week the Nelson City Council released a feasibility study looking at the possibility of building the facility in Nelson, with Guppy Park and Saxton Field the two preferred options.

Yesterday, the council’s sport and recreation committee discussed the study’s findings, and passed a recommendation to refer the report to the Parks and Reserves Activity Management Plan 2021-31.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 7 August 2020)