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Hutt councillors split on $120,000 fountain fix

May 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

LOWER Hutt City Council is deciding whether or not to restore an historic fountain in the Civic Gardens at a cost of $120,000.

Councillors are divided over whether work should be carried out on the fountain, given that there will be a new water feature installed with the upgrades taking place in Civic Square.

Decisions are being made if they should be spending the money on the fountain or developing the surrounding garden area.

Peter Riordan, the council’s communications advisor, says that the fountain is thought to be leaking.

“It needs to be patched and repaired.

“I guess it’s a matter of priorities,” says Mr Riordan

Concreting the fountain will cost $22,000, with another $25,000 being spent on piping and plumbing.

Other repairs include a new pump and upgrading the electrical and lighting systems, totalling a cost of $90,000 for full restoration.

Consultancies for the restoration will cost $11,500 alone.

“Spending money on the fountain is a bit of a drain; vandals come in and wreck the lights,” says Judy Robb, the council’s horticultural asset Manager.

“We’re restoring it to its former glory,” she says.

People in the Hutt have mixed opinions on the restoration of the fountain.

“Who’s gonna see it? Why don’t they spend the money on helping people?” says print shop employee, Dean Tyacke (18).

Traffic engineer for the council, Zachary Moodie says replacing the whole thing would cost a lot, and “it would annoy a lot of people”.

However, student Tom Everett (16) says, “I didn’t even know there was a fountain”.

Originally from the Homewood Estate in Karori, the fountain was donated to the Hutt City Council and installed in 1975.

The  renovation work  issue will be included in discussions for the area on May 17.

 

 

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