Property News – 1 November 2023

Nearly $600k for library

In a move described as a “band-aid”, Nelson City Council has agreed to bring forward nearly $600,000 to repair Stoke Library.

It was that or risk the building no longer being fit for purpose – and potentially having to close – as it would no longer have had building consent.

Councillors briefly debated the matter at a meeting last week, before agreeing to bring forward $581,229 budgeted for 2024-25 to this financial year, in order for repairs to begin on the popular community facility.

The work will include fixing roof leaks, skylight alteration and replacing the metal roof cladding and flashings, and is expected to be completed in this financial year.

(Nelson Mail, 25 October 2023)

Iwi urge council to speed up wastewater plant replacement

Ngāti Rārua have urged the Tasman District Council to accelerate the replacement of the Motueka wastewater treatment plant, after the discovery of failures in the plant’s filtration equipment.

Partially treated sewage is now being discharged into a Motueka wetland area, and a rāhui has been put in place covering the coastline and river mouths and preventing the gathering of seafood and kai in these areas, as well as swimming and entering the water.

(Nelson Mail, 27 October 2023)

Plan Change 29 creates ‘fear and loathing’ in city

The last 2 ½ months have been incredibly stressful for a lot of Nelson homeowners and tenants as they battle to preserve their hard-won amenities against council and its planners who want to bring in Plan Change 29.

Back on August 10, Mayor Nick Smith stated “Plan Change 29 is the biggest change that we have done as a council. The key to its success is encouraging submissions. We need Nelsonians’ input so we get the right rules in the right place.”

(Nelson Mail, 28 October 2023)

Dam at ‘increasing risk’ of further delays

The Waimea Community Dam is between 91 and 95% complete, but it’s facing one last hurdle – Mother Nature.

Waimea Water Limited presented their quarterly review to the Tasman District Council on Thursday, with chairperson David Wright saying they were becoming “increasingly concerned” about dry weather and the ability to fill the reservoir to augment the river this summer.

Practical completion has now been pushed back until February 2024, 25 months behind the dam’s original plan.

(Nelson Mail, 28 October 2023)

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