New sports fa­cil­ity open­ing de­layed

Hauraki Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TERESA RAMSEY

The open­ing of the new $4.5m Thames In­door Sports Fa­cil­ity has been de­layed af­ter a prob­lem was found with the roof.

A Thames Coro­man­del District Coun­cil spokesper­son said coun­cil was work­ing with the build­ing de­signer on re­me­dial roof de­sign op­tions af­ter ex­cess mois­ture was found on the fin­ished ceil­ing tiles.

The ex­cess mois­ture was caused by con­den­sa­tion on the un­der­side of the roof struc­ture in cold con­di­tions, he said.

‘‘As soon as the re­me­dial de­sign has been fi­nalised, work will com­mence to rec­tify the prob­lem al­low­ing the fa­cil­ity to open soon af­ter.

‘‘Coun­cil is of the opin­ion that none of the costs will be borne by the ratepayer.’’

Work on the fa­cil­ity be­gan in July last year and it was due to open in win­ter this year.

It’s now hoped the cen­tre will be open by the end of the year.

The new fa­cil­ity has been added to the ex­ist­ing Thames High School gym­na­sium in Rolle­ston St and will ac­com­mo­date bas­ket­ball, net­ball, vol­ley­ball and bad­minton.

School stu­dents will use one court, leav­ing the new court free for com­mu­nity use.

Coun­cil con­trib­uted $2.87m to the project and the dif­fer­ence was raised by the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing $850,000 from pub­lic grants, $440,000 from Thames High School and com­mu­nity pledges. Breeze wasn’t able to com­ment on the Kerepehi tyre yard but said the big­gest frus­tra­tion was that tyres kept ap­pear­ing.

‘‘It is easy money to get tyres and chuck them in a big pile then not do any­thing about get­ting rid of them,’’ he said.

‘‘You is­sue an abate­ment no­tice and the prob­lem is just moved around. They keep turn­ing up.’’

Breeze said tyre yards were checked to see if they had enough fire fight­ing equip­ment. Best prac­tice over­seas was to have smaller piles of tyres with enough gaps be­tween them to al­low fire­fight­ing to oc­cur.

It was pos­si­ble for de­com­pos­ing tyres to self-com­bust but the main is­sue was if a fire started it would be near im­pos­si­ble to stop, Breeze said.

Hus­band said re­gional coun­cils na­tion­wide were grap­pling with the mi­gra­tion and stock­pil­ing of used tyres. The best op­tion was for cen­tral gov­ern­ment to give lead­er­ship on the is­sue, he said.

Waste Man­age­ment has told the re­gional coun­cil it planned to shut down the Kerepehi op­er­a­tion by June next year. The com­pany was set­ting up another plant in Auck­land, which should be op­er­a­tional by the end of this year.

Cur­rently there are no spe­cific re­gional or na­tional rules man­ag­ing large-scale used tyre sites.

TERESA RAMSEY/STUFF

Con­struc­tion has halted at the new Thames In­door Sports Fa­cil­ity at Thames High School.

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