No need for buildings to be strengthened

by Mike Isle

No emergency routes at risk from earthquake-prone buildings have been identified by the council.

After receiving a commissioned report, Selwyn District Council has found there is no need to require any buildings in the district to be prioritised for earthquake strengthening to prevent masonry from falling during an earthquake.

In 2018 and early 2019 the council undertook a process to check buildings and carry out a public consultation on possible buildings requiring urgent repairs on strategic routes. The council could have required owners of identified buildings to carry out a priority fix, but through the consultation process, they determined that no buildings needed to be identified as priority buildings.

The council said it would continue its regular communications with owners of non-prioritised earthquake-prone buildings and work with them to ensure strengthening work is carried out within the required 15-year timeframe.