Eyesore is beyond civic scope

ROUGH STATE: The Hydro Grand is not in a good state.
ROUGH STATE: The Hydro Grand is not in a good state.

It might not be the best advertisement for the town, but the Timaru District Council has little power when it comes to the run-down appearance of the Hydro Grand Hotel.

Council regulatory services manager Chris English said while the century-old building on the prime Bay Hill site might not be the advertisement for the town the council would like, it has no power to do anything about the appearance of the privately owned building.

Many of the windows of the old three-storey hotel are broken and boarded up.

The council could only become involved were if there was a public safety or environmental health issue relating to the building. Mr English said there was unlikely to be a safety issue as the public did not have access to the building.

The hotel and two adjacent properties have been on the market for more than a year and were available for sale by negotiation for more than $1 million. The sale includes 2530 square metres of commercially zoned land with a capital valuation of $1.8m.

A year ago the district council asked the owners for an engineer's report on the building's safety after concrete and timber fell to the pavement from the second floor.

The Timaru Herald