Abandoned houses in need of spruce up
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.