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Future looks less damp for leaky Petone Library

Oct 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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PETONE LIBRARY will be brought into the 21st century once it has been included in one of the proposed Hutt City Council community hubs.

After an 18-month community consultation process, the council’s Community and Infrastructure Committee decided at its recent meeting to introduce community hubs.

Community hubs house council facilities such as libraries and community centres under the one roof.

The state of the Petone library building was at the centre of the debate about whether to go ahead with the hub proposal.

There were disagreements as to what would happen to the Petone Library and if it should be included in the plan for community hubs.

At the Community and Infrastructure Committee’s meeting, on September 2, the council’s general manager of community services, Matt Reid, told the meeting that Petone Library had a few problems.libinpost

“There are issues with water leaks,” he said.

The council’s divisional manager of libraries, Sandra Mann, also attended the meeting and agreed with Mr Reid.

“The main leaks are in the foyer area and making the carpet in there damp all year round,” she said.

Despite the leaks, Mr Reid said the building did not need to be demolished immediately, and at present there was no other option for housing the library.

Committee chairman Max Shierlaw has long supported the plan for integrated hubs.

“The idea of a vision for integrated hubs is taking Hutt City into the 21st century,” he said.

The idea to locate community services in the same place is a world-wide trend, which provides easier access to services for the community, according to a council report.

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