A number of heritage buildings in the Barrhill settlement will soon have added support to help manage their upkeep, following Ashburton District Council's decision to enter into an agreement with the Barrhill Hall Society.
Council will work with the Society to manage a 7890m² section of land in the village which houses a hall, school masters house, library, public toilet, garage, an outbuilding and an outhouse.
"While the Barrhill Hall Society will continue caring for the day-to-day management of the site, Council will assist in establishing an annual maintenance schedule and budget to help manage the ongoing upkeep," Council Commercial Manager Colin Windleborn says. "The Society will also be able to apply for Council funding and grants to go towards those maintenance costs."
"Our district's heritage values are an important consideration for the Council and our community. It is imperative that these buildings are properly cared for so that they can be appreciated for years to come."
The buildings are listed as heritage items in the District Plan and are constructed of concrete. Although their appearance is in generally good condition for their age, Council will complete an earthquake assessment of the buildings, in line with the new Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Act requirements.
The Barrhill village was established in the mid-1870s after its original owner of Cowar, John Cathcart Wason purchased 20,000 acres of land on the south bank of the Rakaia River in 1869.