Council offices relocated

The discovery of asbestos during renovations at the Amberley offices of the Hurunui District Council, has led to a complete sealing off of the older part of the building from both staff and the public.

Contaminated areas include the reception area, mayor and CEO’s offices, council chambers and north wing office block. Professional asbestos removers have been brought in and are following strict industry protocols. The protocols mean that everything removed from the offices will be wrapped and sealed before being sent for disposal. The decontamination work is expected to take between four and six weeks, at which time the refurbishment work would recommence.

Customer service staff have relocated to the Hurunui Memorial Library, a few hundred metres along the road, and are offering business-as-usual services alongside their library colleagues. Customers are still able to make rates payments, register their dogs, and purchase rubbish and recycling bags. The team will provide all of their normal services during regular library opening hours – which includes late night opening on Thursday until 6pm and Saturdays, 9am – 1pm.

A duty planner and building officer will also be available at the library Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm to provide advice and information.

“We are trying to provide as seamless a service as possible,” said Customer & Information Services Team Leader, Naomi Woodham. “However, it may be a bit of a change for some of our customers that are used to popping in on the off-chance of seeing the mayor or a staff member without an appointment. Because staff are now working from different locations we are strongly advising that customers give us a call first if they would like to talk to someone so that we can organize a time for the person they would like to see to be here at the library to meet with them, or to talk with them on the phone, or even to Skype.”