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Public urged to have their say on earthquake-prone priority

Public urged to have their say on earthquake-prone priority buildings

Members of the community who wish to make a submission on the Priority Buildings – Earthquake Prone Buildings consultation have until Monday 26 March to have their say.

The consultation seeks feedback from the community to help Horowhenua District Council identify parts of Horowhenua which meet the criteria to be designated as priority areas under the new Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016.

Priority areas are busy roads or footpaths where falling masonry from buildings damaged in an earthquake would pose a high risk to life and public safety. Buildings located in these areas will be designated as priority buildings under the Act.

Under the Act, Council must identify earthquake-prone priority buildings, and buildings owners must have them strengthened or demolished, in half the time allowed for non-priority earthquake-prone buildings.

Council has proposed areas in Levin, Foxton and Shannon which it considers to have sufficient vehicle or pedestrian traffic to warrant prioritisation. These are: the Levin CBD, covering Oxford Street from Bath Street to Stanley Street, and part of Queen Street; Main Street, Foxton, from Wharf Street to Ravensworth Place; and 36-62 Plimmer Terrace and part of Ballance Street in Shannon.

Project Coordination Lead Cathryn Pollock said Council would like to receive feedback on whether the community agreed or disagreed with the proposed areas, reasons for any disagreement, and if there were any additional roads or footpaths that should be prioritised.

Submissions can be made on the Have Your Say page of Horowhenua District Council’s website, www.horowhenua.govt.nz, emailed to EPB@Horowhenua.govt.nz, delivered to Council’s customer service centres in Levin and Foxton, or posted to: Horowhenua District Council, Submission – Priority Buildings, Private Bag 4002, Horowhenua 5540.


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