The building that formerly housed Ashburton's art gallery and museum will soon have new occupants.
Ashburton District Council has decided to relocate Council meetings to the top floor of the former County Council building – the space previously used as display areas for the art gallery.
This move will allow the Council Chambers in Council's administration building to accommodate staff currently working in the old villa at the rear of Council's Baring Square East building.
Group Manager Business Support Paul Brake says the villa has reached the end of its useful life and Council is keen to ensure staff do not have to face another winter in a building that is no longer suitable.
Some work will need to be undertaken in the old art gallery and museum building before Council meetings can be held there.
This work includes removing false walls over the windows and installing adequate lighting.
Until this work is complete, Council meetings will be held at alternative venues.