Home owner ‘des­per­ate’ for help

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

At one stage, a coun­cil­lor came around and looked at it and he said it should be con­demned — and that’s go­ing back 20 years

PEGGY EISZELE

PEN­SIONER Peggy Eiszele is des­per­ate for the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil’s re­quest to re­move a build­ing on her prop­erty from its her­itage list to be ap­proved.

Late last month, the coun­cil voted in favour of a mo­tion to re­quest the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning con­sider removing the dwelling at No. 16 of 12-16 Ge­orge St from the coun­cil’s her­itage list.

The mo­tion in­cluded that coun­cil would bear the costs as­so­ci­ated with an amend­ment to the plan­ning scheme, which would be re­quired.

Mrs Eiszele has lived at her Ge­orge St prop­erty for al­most 57 years, but says it’s time to move some­where safer and more suit­able.

Her small and age­ing home at No. 12 Ge­orge St has a steep, narrow stair­case to her bed­room and her bath­room and toi­let are in a shed in the back­yard.

“I’m get­ting to old to go up and down stairs and I would like to have some­thing with a toi­let and bath­room inside,” Mrs Eiszele said.

“I’ve had a cou­ple of falls down the stairs and my back is com­pletely worn out.”

Mrs Eiszele said the run­down cot­tage on her prop­erty is pre­vent­ing her from sell­ing up and mov­ing.

Mrs Eiszele and her brother Kevin Wil­ton be­lieve the derelict build­ing is beyond re­pair and are frus­trated and con­fused at how the build­ing came to be listed on coun­cil’s her­itage list.

Prop­erty 12-16 is reg­is­tered with Her­itage Tas­ma­nia, how­ever, the con­joined dwelling at 12-14 is the only build­ing that is reg­is­tered and has been as­sessed.

“We’re try­ing to get this off [the her­itage list] so who­ever buys it can de­mol­ish it and have ac­cess to the back yard,” Mr Wil­ton said.

Her­itage Tas­ma­nia di­rec­tor Pete Smith said 16 Ge­orge St had been nom­i­nated for en­try years ago, but the nom­i­na­tion was with­drawn.

“An as­sess­ment of the her­itage sig­nif­i­cance of the site has not been com­pleted,” he said.

Mrs Eiszele said she didn’t know build­ing 16 on her prop­erty had been her­itage listed through the coun­cil un­til she tried to sell it.

“At one stage, a coun­cil­lor came around and looked at it and he said it should be con­demned — and that’s go­ing back 20 years,” she said.

“Yet no­body from the coun­cil has even come to look at it [since].”

Der­went Val­ley Deputy Mayor Ben Shaw raised the mo­tion for the coun­cil to re­quest the build­ing be re­moved from its her­itage list in the June coun­cil meet­ing.

Cr Shaw said Mrs Eiszele had con­tacted him for help be­cause they could not get a rea­son­able re­sponse from coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers are seek­ing quo­ta­tions from suit­ably qual­i­fied her­itage ex­perts to pre­pare an as­sess­ment on the lo­cal her­itage value of the prop­erty con­cerned,” a coun­cil spokesper­son said.

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