Rules that one businessman believes could bring about the end of small towns in Southland look set to push ahead. At a full Southland District Council meeting on Wednesday, it is recommended that councillors deem the main streets of four Southland towns priority areas af high vehicle and pedestrian traffic. If that goes ahead, building owners in the priority zones at Otautau, Riverton, Winton and Wyndham would need to have their buildings assessed and bought up to earthquake standards in 12-and-a-half years. A non-priority building would have to be remediated in 25 years. When the council heard public submissions on the matter in December, former Otautau man and Christchurch businessman Lindsay Gutsell said with many buildings in the towns already empty, the extra cost of remediation could be the end of small-town Southland. READ MORE: Floodbanks: the legacy that saves Wyndham Christchurch businessman has concerns for small towns in Southland Earthquake prone building assessments under way in Southland Gutsell leases a building to a hairdresser in Otautau. A report by council building compliance team leader Simon Tonkin is expected to be presented to council on Wednesday. In the report, Tonkin says some submitters disagree with this approach [the recommended option]… Read full this story
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