Community hall building to remain

The old concrete block borough building in Kaitangata. PHOTO: JACK CONROY

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

The Clutha District Council last week passed the motion that the old concrete block borough building at 17 Eddystone St would not be demolished.

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

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.”

Council group manager service delivery Jules Witt said the Kaitangata Volunteer Fire Brigade, which occupies the building next door 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 the process up for tender.

“I don’t think Kaitangata needs another building demolished,” Cr Vollweiller said.

“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 to 2031 Long-Term Plan Project Plan report.