St Peter’s Hall saved by coun­cil

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - JO LINES-MACKENZIE

Hamil­ton’s Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau has re­tained its home.

The Hamil­ton City Coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing sell­ing the build­ing in the 10-year-plan, which have cashed in up to $740,000 for the coun­cil.

The St Peter’s Hall and the Reid’s Stu­dio home to the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau and the Drury Lane dance stu­dio.

The hall was built in 1893 and, along with the ad­join­ing Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau build­ing, it was pur­chased by the coun­cil from St Peter’s Cathe­dral in 1990.

The build­ings are reg­is­tered as Cat­e­gory 2 her­itage build­ings with Her­itage New Zealand.

Coun­cil­lor An­gela O’Leary wanted the coun­cil to re­tain own­er­ship, es­pe­cially af­ter adopt­ing the Hamil­ton Her­itage plan in 2016.

Cr Dave Macpher­son wanted to sell the build­ing to the Angli­can Church only. If they did not want to buy it then the coun­cil would re­tain it.

He also wanted to see the cur­rent ten­ants be given a 24-month no­tice from the date of the sale.

Macpher­son’s mo­tion didn’t pass, but O’Leary’s did 8-4.

St Peter’s Hall will re­main in coun­cil hands.

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