Aban­doned houses in need of spruce up

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Di­lap­i­dated houses in the district have be­come an ‘‘eye­sore’’ to some but that will soon change.

South Waikato District Coun­cil re­ported that the topic reared its ugly head in sev­eral 2014- 15 an­nual plan sub­mis­sions.

The coun­cil has re­sponded to the pleas with a $20,000 in­vest­ment over the next year.

Build­ing con­trol man­ager Kevin Duthie said the money will en­sure a more ‘‘proac­tive’’ ap­proach to the mat­ter.

The al­lo­cated funds will go to­wards an in­crease in reg­u­la­tory sup­port le­gal fees.

Al­though Duthie recog­nised it was an is­sue he said it was not any worse com­pared to other districts.

The coun­cil re­ported 16 houses as be­ing ‘‘derelict’’.

A house in cen­tral Toko­roa was one of a few ex­am­ples men­tioned in sub­mis­sions. The house was boarded up prior to the fire, but over time it de­te­ri­o­rated.

De­spite the main­tained ex­te­rior by the owner Philip Al­loway, in­side was a dif­fer­ent story.

A com­plaint was made to the coun­cil in late May and upon in­spec­tion it was deemed dan­ger­ous. It had since been taken care of by Al­loway, ac­cord­ing to Duthie.

He said there had been no other dan­ger­ous build­ing notices is­sued in the past three months.

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