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Community centre defects to be fixed before winter



„„ By Sarla Donovan PROBLEMS AT the $860,000 Heathcote Valley Community Centre should be ironed out before winter. The centre is managed by the Heathcote Valley Community Association, which has recently complained of poor heating and electrical problems in the kitchen leading to plugs shorting out. Association Lewis Low chairman Lewis Low met with city council staff on Monday to discuss issues with the one-yearold building. He said the city council had agreed to support the association to find solutions to the building’s problems. This would include investigating whether to install additional heat pumps or put remote control timers on the existing heating panels. The city council would also look at fixing the wiring problem in the kitchen – as when more than two plugs are

SOLUTIONS: The city council will help fix problems with the Heathcote Valley Community Centre.

used, the wiring short circuits. City council head of community support, governance and partnerships Lester Wolfreys said there was “not yet” an agreement to pay for improvements to the heating. “(We are) in discussions with the community association about this,” he said, adding that

the city council takes safety “very seriously” and would ensure any issues regarding safety are addressed. The association manages the centre on behalf of the city council with the long-term goal to gain extra income that can be used to support groups in the community.

“We have a lovely community asset and we want it to get more use,” Mr Low said. He is hoping the planned improvements will increase its appeal. Businesses or groups looking to hire space at the centre can email Jackie Foulkes at heathcotevillageproject@


In Brief LIBRARY HOURS Volunteers could be used as a way to expand weekend opening hours at the Sumner library. The Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board has asked city council staff to investigate the feasibility of using volunteers to staff the library on weekends after being told the city council had no money to fund extra hours. Presently, it is only open from 10am-1pm on Saturdays, prompting complaints from library users. City council staff will also look at the option of reducing opening hours during the week to accommodate a longer Saturday opening. PENFOLD’S COTTAGE Repairs to the historic Penfold’s Cottage have been mothballed pending a review of city council finances. The cottage in Scott Park, Ferrymead, is among several significant heritage buildings to have repairs put on hold. The move comes after city councillors expressed concerns the restoration of heritage buildings was being considered on an ad hoc basis and with no determined future use. The repairs will be reassessed as part of the city council 2018/19 Long Term Plan consultation. Follow us on Facebook @Dream Doors Christchurch for design inspiration

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