Improvements to community halls underway

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Improvements to eight community facilities in the Stratford District are well underway with five of the eight now complete and the Centennial Restrooms due to open following its makeover at the end of this week.

The Stratford War Memorial Centre is next on the list with a large work programme of upgrades starting this week. This includes painting the stadium/foyer, re-carpeting the Function Facility and TSB Chambers, laying new vinyl in the foyers, re-varnishing the stadium floor and installing new drapes in the stadium.

Due to this level of work the War Memorial Centre is being closed to the public from 8 December 2020 to March 2021.

Council has been working with regular booking holders to move activity to the Centennial Restrooms for the closed period, and have not been taking new bookings for the War Memorial Centre over these months. Should anyone wish to book a meeting space over the summer months while the War Memorial Centre is unavailable, they’re encouraged to speak with Council’s customer service team on using the Centennial Restrooms or alternative venues available around the district. 

Chief Executive Sven Hanne says, "We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our booking holders while this work can get underway. It’s a big job but at the end of it we’ll have an improved community facility that people can be proud of and continue to enjoy using.”

Other upgrades across the community halls include:

  • Centennial Restrooms – Interior/exterior painting, new carpet and vinyl, new toilet layout and new kitchen
  • Tututawa Hall – Interior/exterior painting
  • Douglas Hall – New roof
  • Kohuratahi Hall – New roof
  • Hall of Remembrance – Interior painting and lighting upgrades
  • Whangamomona Hall – New heat pumps
  • Makahu Hall – New storage shed

The renovation and refurbishment of these halls has been made possible through a Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment of $339,190.

Mr Hanne says, “The funding allocation has meant a significant amount of much needed work can be done without placing the cost burden on ratepayers and hall committees. It’s also produced work for local suppliers in what’s been a financially difficult time for many of our businesses.”