New sports facility opening delayed
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.
Construction has halted at the new Thames Indoor Sports Facility at Thames High School.