Centre won't be up for any funding

CHARLOTTE SQUIRE
Last updated 12:58 19/06/2014

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The temporary Takaka council service centre won't be improved anytime soon, but progress is being made to determine the best way forward.

There was no funding made available in this year's Tasman District Council annual plan for the centre. Staff were relocated from the old building in 2012 when assessors discovered it didn't meet earthquake code.

Council staff will continue to work out of a temporary location in Takaka, while the original 1928 council site is undergoing a detailed seismic strength assessment. The assessment will provide the council with options for building's future.

Golden Bay Community Board chairperson Carolyn McLellan said the board asked for $30,000 for planning and a detailed engineering investigation so they could find out "once and for all" whether the old TDC building could be brought up to standard. She said although there was no money left in the budget for the assessment she was confident the council would agree to go over budget.

"This is the TDC, this is our council. Everybody wants to have a good building to put a good face on for the public. At the moment, it's business as usual, the staff are wondering how they will make it work." She said staff had been working in difficult conditions with "no privacy and no meeting room, which was really difficult for the staff and public".

TDC spokesman Chris Choat said all decisions relating to the building and site would be taken in the long term plan process over the next financial year. He said the long term plan 2015-2025 is due for adoption in June next year. In order for that to happen there will be a thorough consultation phase from early 2015.

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