Heathcote library to be demolished

The earthquake-damaged Heathcote Voluntary Library will be demolished after being found to be unsafe.

The Martindales Rd building was seriously damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and has been closed since.

City council community services general manager Michael Aitken said the building was significant to the local community but was too badly damaged to retain.

"The council had already carried out assessments of the building which indicate it is badly damaged. With the building now considered unsafe, the safest option is for it to be demolished."

A date when demolition is to begin is still being confirmed, he said.

The company carrying out the work would retrieve books and other items from the library before the demolition began, Aitken said.

Staff are currently investigating a number of options for the voluntary library site under its Facilities Rebuild Plan project.

The council's 10 voluntary libraries are collectively one of its top 30 projects that council has prioritised for funding, further investigations and, wherepossible, repairs in September last year, he said.

Recommendations about the future of the Heathcote Voluntary Library site will be made to the council's Community, Recreation and Culture Committee for consideration before full council approval is sought.

The Press