Heritage protection opportunity

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by Greta Yeoman

Buildings, structures and places in the Timaru district can be nominated for more protection under a heritage review by the Timaru District Council.

Timaru residents have been asked to nominate items of heritage significance around the district that have not already been offered a level of protection in the council’s district plan.

A nominated article can be considered to be a heritage item for historical, social, architectural, cultural or spiritual reasons, as well as technological, craftsmanship or scientific significance.

Current items deemed to be of heritage value include the Mt Peel Station homestead, the remains of the Arundel traffic bridge, the Aigantighe Art Gallery, several former granaries, the pa at Milford Lagoon, a collection of churches in the district and the Public Trust Building in Stafford St, Timaru.

Once a nomination is received, an assessment will be carried out by the council’s heritage consultant to determine whether or not the item is suitable for inclusion in the Heritage Schedule of the District Plan.

The heritage consultant, Dr Ann McEwan, will be holding three “meet the consultant” sessions in July for those wanting to nominate an item for heritage value.

She will be at Geraldine Library on July 9 and Temuka Library on July 10, from 3.30-6.30pm both days, and at the Timaru District Council Chambers on July 11 from 11am to 1pm and 3.30-6.30pm.

Nominations are open until July 18 and can be made through the council website and council offices in the district or sent via post.

Feedback received will be considered by Dr McEwan and the Heritage Steering Group before they make recommendations to the council’s Environmental Services Committee.