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Property News: 30 October 2017

Housing NZ home vacant for four years

While more than 50 people in Nelson wait for homes, 15 Housing New Zealand properties are vacant with some needing repairs with others waiting to be sold.

The figures come as people in Nelson speak out about the difficulty of finding a home in the region, and a Nelson mother had to shift to Timaru to get a government funded home.

Information from the Ministry of Social Development housing register shows there were 55 applicants in Nelson waiting for a home as at June 2017, up from 25 applicants in June 2016.

Of the 566 Housing New Zealand properties in Nelson in the same time period, 15 were vacant.

Of those, six were short term rentals that were under repair.

Two were long term rentals pending development and seven were awaiting a decision.

One of those properties in Norwich St, Stoke had been vacant for four years because of "subsidence issues" that were not economic to repair.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 23 October 2017)

Nelson quarry backfilled with contaminated soil

Elevated levels of arsenic, nickel, lead, chromium and other chemicals have been found in the soil used to backfill a quarry near Nelson.

Work has stopped at the Downer-operated Staplegrove Farm site at Waimea West while an investigation is under way. Its application to renew its resource consent is also on hold.

Tasman District Council environmental information manager Rob Smith said the property was placed on the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL) register on September 15 following a report by a soil scientist on the gravel extraction site.

However, Smith said he did not see any reason for the public to be concerned.

The property was on the register as limited sampling had been undertaken and the risks to people and/or the environment was not known.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 28 October 2017)

Trust has new grandstand plan

Supporters of an historic Golden Bay grandstand hope a new proposal to restore and maintain the old building will be accepted.

The Golden Bay Grand Stand Community Trust submitted a proposal to the Tasman District Council (TDC) on Thursday, to retain the grandstand at the Takaka rec centre.

Under its proposal, trust president Duncan McKenzie said it hoped to gain tenure of the building and be responsible for maintenance and restoration works.

TDC spokesman Chris Choat said the council had received the proposal.

"It’s quite complex, so we haven’t had a chance to look to look at it, but we will be and then reporting at the full council meeting on November 16."

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 28 October 2017)

Thought for the Week

Your value does not decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth.